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Caring for Your Collections Hardcover – April 30, 1992

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Written by an impressive group of conservator experts, this book is a comprehensive and practical guide to preserving collectible objects often found in the hands of the private collector. Each chapter covers a specific art form, ranging from paintings, works of art on paper, books, and photographs to furniture, textiles, ceramics and glass, metal, stone, musical instruments, and various ethnographic objects. Preventative maintenance is stressed, but the authors follow up the do's and dont's of routine care with recommendations on what to do if damage occurs, often utilizing before-and-after photos. Other issues discussed include environmental guidelines, hiring a conservator, security, appraisal, and authentication of collectibles. A list of resource organizations is provided, as are brief biographies of cited authorities. Recommended for public libraries or any collection concerned with preservation.
-Vicki Gadberry, Harris Media Ctr., Mars Hill Coll., N.C.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1st edition (April 30, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810931745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810931749
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Montana Winds on January 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was assigned reading in the Museum Studies program I completed several years ago. I found it to be very readable and useful. It is geared to the person who is serious about preserving the treasures he or she has collected or inherited. Among its lessons is the fact that virtually everything we do to maintain our everyday household objects is not appropriate for objects that we would like to see survive for the long term. This book provides valuable guidance on what can be done to preserve the objects we value most. Today, I am a curator of a diverse museum collection, and still find this book helpful and a good refresher.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I'm purchasing my second copy of Caring for Your Collections. I am the curator of a house museum with a very diverse collection and I have found this to be a handy reference guide with easy to follow instructions for dealing with a wide variety of materials.
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We had the book before and loaned it to someone who forgot to return it.
We were very glad to be able to replace it .
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