Organic Materials Laboratory

Paintings | Manuscripts | Prints | Textiles | Wood | Bone | Horn | Ivory, …

Two purpose-built, adjacent, laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment are utilized in the conservation of organic materials. Objects treated and restored include paper, parchment, textile, leather and other organic substances – all thoroughly examined and professionally treated, accompanied with proper documentation. All findings contribute to the museum’s research, education and exhibition activities, as well as to the publications and the extensive collection of exhibition catalogues.

Organic Material Objects are technically/scientifically, those objects whose make-up contains combinations of the elements carbon and hydrogen and they are either of animal or plant origin. Objects of Organic Material Origin where made from former living organisms such as Animals (e.g. wool, silk, leather, feathers, fur, horn, shell, bone, teeth and ivory) and Plants (e.g. wood, basketry, cotton and linen). They are mostly composed of fibres and are highly sensitive to al kinds of Agents of Deterioration. The most “challenging” work of a conservator starts, when caring for the wellbeing of Composite Materials or Composite Objects, objects which are made from, e.g. wood and inlayed with metal, or bone and shell. The different materials require different treatment, environmental conditions and conservation approach, which can only be done in an interdisciplinary teamwork.

Conservation Highlights

Organic Materials e.g. Manuscripts, Wood and Textile

Organic Materials e.g. Manuscripts, Wood and Textile