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Recent Developments in the Conservation of Parchment Manuscripts

  title={Recent Developments in the Conservation of Parchment Manuscripts},
  author={Abigail B. Quandt},
Over the past ten years many new developments have been made in the field of parchment conservation both in the U.S. and abroad. Three of the most exciting developments have occurred in the areas of media consolidation, humidification, and repair. While some of these new techniques have been developed by conservators and scientists specifically for the treatment of parchment, many methods have been adapted from the closely related field of paper conservation. 
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Crossing boundaries: A summary of recent interdisciplinary developments in paper conservation
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Success in the Treatment of Parchment and Vellum using a Suction Table
Emploi d'une colonne d'air pour maintenir en place le velin ou le parchemin durant la partie humide du traitement
Digitally reconstructing the Great Parchment Book
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The Viennese Croÿ Albums: Options and Decisions Leading to the Conservation and Remounting of a Convolute of Double-Sided Gouache Paintings on Parchment
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Literature that addresses the characterization and the conservation of portrait miniatures
Abstract Small-scale portrait images were painted in a range of materials, styles and techniques in many European countries between the 1520s and the early twentieth century. Studies of the imagesExpand
New Investigations into a Historic Treatment: The Efficacy of Gelatin as an Adhesive for Earthen Finishes at Mesa Verde National Park
This thesis comes out of years of work beginning in 1994 undertaken by Frank Matero and the University of Pennsylvania to stabilize the earthen surface finishes of Mesa Verde National Park inExpand
Common Medieval Pigments
This paper discusses the pigments used in medieval manuscripts. Specific types of pigments that are examined are earths, minerals, manufactured, and organics. It also focuses on both destructive andExpand
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The conservation of the Codex Eyckensis: the evolution of the project and the assessment of materials and adhesives for the repair of parchment
Summary A conservation project was set up for the Codex Eyckensis, an illuminated manuscript on parchment from the 8th century AD. Poly(vinylchloride) membranes, applied in 1957, were removed.Expand
The Codex Eyckensis, an illuminated manuscript on parchment from the 8th century AD. Laboratory investigation and removal of a 30 year old PVC lamination
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Ultrasonic misting is a technique use- ful for applying small amounts of dilute solutions to objects, particularly for the consolidation of pigment or other thin layers on various types of artifactsExpand
Dignard, "A New Method of Consolidating Powdery Matte Paint: The Ultrasonic Mister," unpublished lecture paper delivered at the IIC-CG Annual Conference, Vancouver
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