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“The volume is remarkable for its clarity of presentation. . . . Information is detailed and comprehensive yet straightforward, practical, and useful. . . . Curators, collections managers, and directors will find this an invaluable resource for assessing, monitoring, and upgrading existing problems and conditions, and for planning and prioritizing their long-range storage needs.”—Curator

“A good starting point for the proper care and preservation of valuable antiques and artifacts.”—The Antiquer's Guide

“This concise book can be recommended as a useful guide for storage planning and as a general introduction to conservation options for curators of fine arts and decorative arts collections.”—Studies in Conservation

About the Author

Konstanze Bachmann is the paper conservator at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books (April 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560981741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560981749
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 2001
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This book is and excellent resource for institutions and collectors, who handle art. Put out by the Smithsonian Institue, the leader in art preservation, it lists how to protect art objects, in terms of: climate control handling, lighting, and general care. The book covers what objects can be damaged by what outside sources, and how to best prevent from enviormental damage, through proper storage techniques. It also gives resources for conservation suppliers and conservation centers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Zemaitis on March 15, 2012
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The book, Conservation Concerns, is not a large publication, but I found every page had advice, help, and examples of how to conserve historic artifacts. Included are recommendations on construction materials, storage of works, care of photographs and what to do if items are damaged. Textile and metal conservation is discussed. A detailed appendix is included with references to sources mentioned in the text and a reading list. I am very pleased with the purchase.
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By Janet Miller on February 27, 2015
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This book covers a lot of material in 150 pages yet it contains 22 chapters beyond the introduction. Each concise chapter treats a different subject so you can easily find what you need. Various authors have contributed their expertise. The editor has united these voices into a useful guide. Diagrams illustrate storage possibilities and how some types of damage occur. An appendix gives a list of resources and is followed by a reading list.
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By Suzanne on December 14, 2014
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Great rec-amended by smithsonian
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Very practical book
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