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The Conservation of the van Rensselaer Wallpaper

Marjorie Shelley
Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
Vol. 20, No. 2, Conservation of Historic Wallpaper (Spring, 1981), pp. 126-138
DOI: 10.2307/3179696
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3179696
Page Count: 13
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The Conservation of the van Rensselaer Wallpaper
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Abstract

The historical background, analysis of materials, and conservation of the 18th century hand-painted van Rensselaer wallpaper is discussed. The paper, which was hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1931, had to be dismantled, conserved, and re-hung, coinciding with the re-building of the new American Wing. Protection of the damaged surface governed the course of treatment, the major aspects of which are described: detachment of the paper from the walls, facing with soluble nylon, removal of adhesives and backing materials with enzymes, and multi-layered lining and mounting on portable panels which can be set into the walls.

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