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The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan Seated on a Throne While Three Ladies Pay Their Respects

Indian, Rajasthan, Bikaner School

The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan Seated on a Throne While Three Ladies Pay Their Respects, c. 1750-75

Opaque Watercolor, Gold

84-O-106

Gift of Dr. Alvin O. Bellak

Current Condition of Artwork:

Pressure sensitive tape on support. Adhesive residue with old hinges. Tiny losses and pinholes along rounded corners of support. Random moderate losses to image. Random minor accretions. Abrasions/skinning along edges of support and bottom corners of verso. Random minor insect damage to support and image. Tears/fractures to bottom right corner. Creases/folds in bottom right corner and bottom right edge of image. Delamination along edges, especially in the back right corner. Corrosive ink/pigment possibly in upper center of image and the green in the upper right. Discrete areas of active flaking to image. Stains in bottom corner in white.

Conservation Treatment Proposed:

  • Consolidate flaking paint.
  • Reduce pressure sensitive tape, adhesive mechanically.
  • Readhere delaminating support layers.
  • Mend edge tears and reinforce creases.
  • Tone loss in bottom left corner with dry pigment (optional).
  • Reduce verso attachments (optional).

Estimated Cost of Treatment:      $1000.00