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The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin with the continued support of The Sumitomo Foundation in Tokyo, have now commissioned Restorient to conserve three more of their most treasured Japanese paintings. Dating from the early 17th century this set of hand scrolls chart the epic tale of "Hunting the Ogres" It will be possible to follow the conservation of these magnificent hand scrolls here on this blog. We at Restorient are delighted to have the opportunity to share this remarkable project, and to offer some insights into this type of specialist conservation.

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Friday, 2 December 2011

Privilege !

Front view of painting before treatment

Painting viewed through transmitted light

We thought it might be interesting to show just how different the same painting can look during the conservation process. The painting at the top is photograped from the front prior to treatment.  The second photograph shows the same painting after being been dampened and turned face down on support papers ready for the removal of the old lining papers.

Viewed through transmitted light we are then presented with a very different image.

For example, the tiling on the rooftops and intricate patterns on the drapery are no longer visible, we can see only  the body colour which was applied prior to the details.The darker oxidised silver is also more evident. This information provides a very privileged insight into how these these extraordinary paintings were made,  usually only  seen by conservators.   


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