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Re: [BKARTS] Flattening rolled vellum pages



Carolee, Bruce has presented a good case. My answer is dependant on many
factors and is a general description--your documents may have special needs
and an experienced conservator will be able to identify how to deal with
these.

Regards,

John MacKrell
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
(734) 604-0992
See finishing stoves at www.johnmackrell.com





> From: Bruce Levy <levybooks@xxxxxxxxx>
> Reply-To: Book_Arts-L <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:25:41 -0500
> To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Flattening rolled vellum pages
> 
> It sounds like a possible first step is humidification and damp pack
> flattening (there are several techniques, but it's best for an experienced
> technician to "allow the piece" to "dictate the treatment"- not the other way
> around).  But I suggest you find someone who has ample experience and have
> them do it.  When you talk about illuminated leaves there's a possibility of
> flaking and/or lifting of the pigment, ground and gold.  There's ways to
> handle this, and repair lifting pigment or ground/gold but there are so many
> variables that to do it with instruction mostly gleaned from "words" of others
> who have experience is really taking a chance.  Besides the lifting you have
> the possibility of too much moisture causing breakdown and gelatinizing.
> Before one embarks on such a treatment it really behooves you to "observe"
> (when possible, though it might not be)  parchment treatment by experts. If
> this is a "one off" project, with no expectation of entering this specialty
> for yourself, have a qualified conservator do or work with you.
> 
> Bruce
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Carolee Harrison" <carolee@xxxxxxx>
>> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [BKARTS] Flattening rolled vellum pages
>> Date:         Mon, 16 Feb 2009 10:14:31 -0800
>> 
>> 
>> I've been presented with a preservation project that is somewhat
>> out of my ken and I'm hoping I can ask for advice from the
>> collective wisdom here..
>> 
>> My task is to house seven manuscripts dating from the 1400s --
>> three sheets of music, three illuminated pages taken from separate
>> volumes, and a document that may be a property deed or some kind of
>> legal agreement.  All are written on what I think is vellum of
>> varying thicknesses.  The illuminated pages are decorated with gold
>> initials in very good condition -- everything is in very good
>> repair, in fact, except the more informal deed or letter, which has
>> some tears at the edges and is pretty dirty and faded. The
>> immediate problem I'm facing, though, is that all of these items
>> have been stored rolled-up, and they've curled up tight, possibly
>> permanently.  My initial ideas for storing them involved laying
>> them flat, but is there any way to get them flat again?  Right now
>> I am trying to open them gently under weight but I'm not sure it's
>> having any effect.  Would anyone here have any idea how best to
>> flatten these vellum pages, or do you think it's best to leave them
>> rolled?
>> 
>> If anyone has advice for storage of these, as well, I'd appreciate
>> your input too!
>> 
>> Thanks so much!
>> Carolee Harrison
>> 
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