Edited by Valerie Dorge, and F. Carey Howlett
1998
428 pages

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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.

Part One: Understanding and Identifying Materials
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Part Two: Historical Perspectives
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Part Three: Historical Materials and Techniques
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Part Four: Investigations and Treatment
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Part Five: Ethical Considerations
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Part Six: Scientific Research
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How to Cite this Work
Dorge, Valerie, and F. Carey Howlett, eds. 1998. Painted Wood: History and Conservation. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Conservation Institute. http://hdl.handle.net/10020/gci_pubs/paintedwood