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Wednesday, May 15 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
(Textiles) Dewdrops on an Iris: Using Gels and a Crepeline Lining to Treat an Early 20th Century Japanese Silk Painting

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Iris by Hishida Shunso, came into the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston collection in 2011, unglazed, unlined and most surprisingly, still mounted on its original stretcher from 1905. It was too brittle to be removed from the stretcher, lined with paper and mounted onto a new Japanese style panel frame, as would normally be done with a Japanese painting of this type. The curator also wanted the stretcher and translucency of the painting preserved for historical reasons. Severe foxing due to prolonged, unprotected display marred the appearance of the painting. Any attempts to reduce the soiling and foxing needed to use minimal moisture because of the sensitivity of the silk support to changes in humidity and the tension on the stretcher. Treatment benefited from two methods borrowed from Paper and Textile conservation: Agarose gels with EDTA and Gellan gum gels with deionized water were used to reduce the extremely disfiguring foxing, and a Lascaux-impregnated crepeline lining supported the painting so it could remain on its original stretcher.

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Tanya Uyeda

Associate Conservator, Japanese Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Tanya Uyeda is the Associate Conservator for Japanese paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she has worked for 19 years. She holds an M.A. in Conservation of Cultural Properties from the Tokyo University of the Arts and trained at the Handa Kyuseido Studio in Tokyo, Japan... Read More →

Wednesday May 15, 2019 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Oneida/Penobscot Rooms Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun
  Specialty Session, Textiles
  • Track Textiles
  • Ticketed Included in Main Registration
  • Authors in Publication Order Tanya Uyeda
  • Abstract ID 19102
  • Tags Japanese silk painting,Hishida Shunso,gels,agarose,Gellan gum,foxing,crepeline,lining