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The Conservation of Poedua: Part 4

  • spliced image
  • Surface Cleaning
  • surface cleaning
  • MCP

Now that we have cleaned the back of the canvas we can look at surface cleaning the front of the painting.  This is a separate procedure from the removal of varnish and overpaints and is completed first because surface dirt is the first layer encountered.  The reason we remove the dirt layer on paintings is because it… Read more »

The Conservation of Poedua – Part 3

  • In the centre of this photo the canvas has a grey appearance where it is yet to be cleaned.  The P of Poedua has been cleaned and is clearer and easier to read.  Photograph by Katherine Campbell, 2011. © Te Papa
  • As I hold the painting, Katherine uses a palette knife to gently dislodge dust and debris caught between the stretcher member and the canvas.  A pile of dust can be seen on the table top.  Photograph by Matthew O'Reilly, 2011. © Te Papa
  • Katherine cleaning the reverse of the canvas
  • Dusting the reverse of the canvas with a brush and indirect vacuum.  Photograph taken by Katherine Campbell, 2011. © Te Papa

After completing our technical examination of the painting, taking lots of pre-treatment photographs and writing the condition report, we write a treatment proposal for the painting.  We consider the current condition of the painting and what we would like to achieve with different treatments.  Our proposal is discussed with the curator and together we outline… Read more »

Conservation of Poedua, part 2

  • Poedua inscription
  • Poedua inscription
  • cropped inscription
  • Inscription

Poedua is an oil painting on stretched canvas, meaning the composition is painted on a fabric support which is stretched to keep it evenly tensioned, over an expandable wooden stretcher.  Canvas supports began to replace traditional wooden panel supports from about the 16th century and were the most commonly used type of support by the 18th… Read more »

The conservation of Poedua – part 1

  • Ultra-violet photograph of Poedua, 2011, Photograph by Melanie Carlisle © Te Papa
  • Ultra-violet photograph of the painting, 2011, Photograph by Melanie Carlisle. © Te Papa
  • Infrared photograph - detail, 2011, Photograph by Michael Hall. MA_I227737. © Te Papa
  • Katherine examining the painting with a hand-held microscope

Welcome to the first blog to keep you up-to-date with the conservation treatment of John Webber’s portrait of Poedua.  Katherine Campbell and I, the two paintings conservators here at Te Papa, will aim to post fortnightly on the progress of our work, offering you insight into what happens to a painting during a conservation treatment…. Read more »

2011 Māori and Pacific Textile Symposium

2011 Māori and Pacific Textile Symposium The beating of aute, or tapa, is a heartbeat that resounds across the ocean of Kiwa. The harakeke of Aotearoa, symbolising family, acknowledges the relationship of the Pacific people as one, through weaving. These genealogical and material connections will be explored at the inaugural 2011 Māori and Pacific Textile… Read more »

Out with the old … Conservation changes in Enriching Fashion

  • Edwardian bathing suit ready to go on display in Enriching Fashion. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • Edwardian bathing suit ready to go on display in Enriching Fashion. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • 1909 Wedding dress (left) replaces 1900s day dress (right) in Eyelight gallery. Photograph by Kirstie Ross
  • 1909 Wedding dress (left) replaces 1900s day dress (right) in Eyelights gallery. Photogrpah by Kirstie Ross

Yesterday seven items were taken out of the cases in Te Papa’s exhibition: Enriching Fashion: an eye for detail on level 4. In the photograph below a jaunty two-piece playsuit from the 1960s is removed from a case and replaced with a one-piece bathing suit that is almost a hundred years old. For some reason… Read more »

A ‘Slice’ of Conservation Heaven

  • LM1375-Overall-Before Treatment
  • New Zealand Railways K900 on the Overlander
  • New Zealand Railways K900 class steam locomotive and tender model DT
  • Object LM000308 During Treatment

Hello all!  Welcome to my first post here on the Te Papa Blog.  My name is Cindy Lee and I’m an intern working in the Object’s Conservation Lab at the Tory Street Conservation Laboratories.  This internship is a part of my degree requirements for  my Masters Degree in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation at the University… Read more »