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The Objects Conservation Laboratory

Objects Conservation

The Objects Conservation Laboratory is responsible for a broad range of decorative arts and folk art artifacts. Decorative Arts objects include: metalware, ceramics, glassware, basketry, jewelry, armor and weapons. Folk Art objects include sculpture, weathervanes, signs and toys. The numerous tables and benches in the large, two-room lab space can be configured to accommodate items as diverse as a silver teaspoon and a five hundred pound ship’s figurehead. Specialized work lamps provide lighting conditions that match those in the museum's galleries, ensuring that the work done in the lab appears correct while on view to the visitor. Other specialized equipment includes an X-ray Fluorescence spectrometer and stereomicroscopes.

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Punch Bowl. Jingdezhen, China, ca. 1740
Hard-paste porcelain
OH: 4 7/8" ; OD: 11"

Bequest of Miss Martha B. D. Spotswood