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Sanitary wallpapers

From: Rebecca Mathew <rmatr<-at->
Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
I am in my final semester of a postgraduate degree in Conservation
of Works of Art on Paper, at Northumbria University in the UK.

At the moment I am doing some research on my dissertation topic,
which is on the history and conservation of 'sanitary' wallpapers
and I was wondering whether anyone could answer some questions I
have about specific treatments:

What treatments have you done in the past to reduce discolouration
on sanitary wallpapers and what techniques have you used for lining
or structural repair?

How does the substrate and media react to water; i.e. how does the
paper react with water on the surface of the artwork?

I am mainly interested in papers/fragments off the wall, but would
be interested to know how you go about structural repair and
reduction of discolouration to sanitaries in situ?

Alternatively I would be interested to know whether treatment to
these types of wallpaper is no different from treatment to other
types of wallpaper?

Any observations you have on these issues would be most helpful.

Rebecca Mathew
Conservation of Fine Art
MA, Conservation of Works of Art on Paper
University of Northumbria
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
United Kingdom


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