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Four Acrobats

Indian, Punjab Hills

Four Acrobats, c. 1860

Opaque Watercolor, Gold, Silver


Gift of Dr. Alvin O. Bellak 

Current Condition of Artwork:

Three pressure sensitive tapes and three linen tape strips at the top edge of verso. Adhesive residue with tapes. Random minor accretions to support with disfiguring accreted material to image and along stain edges. Abrasions/skinning along edges of support. A gouge to the image in the bottom corner between the figure's legs. Stains with accretions in the center, right corner, and upper right. Minor undulations and depressions. Kink in the top center. Cleavage/flaking in bottom center, elbow of paddler, upper left in building, and upper right corner cloud. Inpainting in blue/white border.

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • Consolidate flaking paint.
  • Reduce pressure sensitive tape, linen tape, and adhesive residues mechanically.
  • Reduce disfiguring accretions mechanically as safely as possible (optional).

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $500.00