THE TREATMENT OF CHINESE ANCESTOR PORTRAITS: AN INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE PAINTING CONSERVATION TECHNIQUES
VALERIE LEE, XIANGMEI GU, & YUAN-LI HOU
This article presents an overview of Chinese mounting techniques for hanging scrolls. However, diverse formats are used for Chinese paintings on silk or paper. They include hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, albums, panels, and fans, and each requires a specific mounting technique. Therefore, conservators of Chinese painting must acquire extensive experience in the field to build their knowledge of mounting formats. It is our objective to carefully balance the craft and introduce new materials. We hope that readers will find some of our methods and techniques useful in the conservation of Western art and that more exchanges between these two fields will occur in the future.