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Radha Seated in a Pavilion as Krishna Walks Away

Indian, Punjab Hills, Nurpur

Radha Seated in a Pavilion as Krishna Walks Away, 18th Century

Opaque Watercolor, Gold, Silver 

Gift of Dr. Alvin O. Bellak 

Current Condition of Artwork:

On verso, pressure sensitive tapes and linen tapes on top edge with paper tapes along all edges. Adhesive residue with attachments. Random minor accretions. Minor surface grime. Support losses to upper left corner and upper right edge. Extensive abrasions/skinning along all edges, margins, and surface. Losses may be the result of insects. Tears/fractures to upper right edge. Minor delamination along edges. Planar distortions in upper and lower right corners. Tide lines in upper left, above Krishna. Severe creases/folds throughout, especially a vertical crease at right. Paper support is very soft and limp. Extensive paint losses, cracking and cleavage/flaking throughout, especially the silver. Extensive abrasion throughout image surface. Cu+ (Copper I) green is possibly corrosive. Some surface abrasion may be the result of grazing. Paint is soft and somewhat powdery.

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • Consolidate flaking paint.
  • Reduce pressure sensitive tape and residue mechanically.
  • Mend tear to upper right edge.
  • Fill/tone losses (optional).
  • Reduce paper tape from paint surface in upper right corner (optional).
  • Reduce attachments on verso (optional).

Estimated Cost of Treatment:      $500.00