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Proceedings of a Symposium at Williamsburg, Virginia, November 1994

Edited by Valerie Dorge and F. Carey Howlett

The function of the painted wooden object ranges from the practical to the profound. These objects may perform utilitarian tasks, convey artistic whimsy, connote noble aspirations, and embody the highest spiritual expressions.

This volume, illustrated in color throughout, presents the proceedings of a conference organized by the Wooden Artifacts Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and held in November 1994 at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Virginia. The book includes 40 articles that explore the history and conservation of a wide range of painted wooden objects, from polychrome sculpture and altarpieces to carousel horses, tobacconist figures, Native American totems, Victorian garden furniture, French cabinets, architectural elements, and horse-drawn carriages.

Contributors include Ian C. Bristow, an architect and historic-building consultant in London; Myriam Serck-Dewaide, head of the Sculpture Workshop, Institut Royal du Patrimoine Artistique, Brussels; and Frances Gruber Safford, associate curator of American decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A broad range of professionals—including art historians, curators, scientists, and conservators— will be interested in this volume and in the multidisciplinary nature of its articles.

Conservator Valerie Dorge is a project specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute. F. Carey Howlett is senior conservator for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Symposium Proceedings series
539 pages, 8-5/16 x 11-11/16 inches
102 color and 104 b/w illustrations
94 line drawings
ISBN 0-89236-501-3, paper, $75.00.

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