Monthly Archives: May 2017

Art conservation of Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji (The Golden Temple), Amritsar, India

Namita Jaspal Heritage Preservation Atelier, Chandigarh, India namitajaspal72@gmail.com; heritage.atelier@gmail.com http://www.heritagepreservationatelier.com Introduction When we are trusted upon the responsibility of doing art conservation services for an active religious site, we tend to get a mixed feeling of gratitude and anxiousness. Gratitude is generally because of the ingrained faith we might have for the sacred site and…

Old Photographs

We started  our discussion regarding old photographs (https://heritagepreservationatelier.com/2017/05/20/historic-photographs/https://heritagepreservationatelier.com/2017/05/20/historic-photographs/) with an example of a silver albumin print. In this blog, we’ll see some other examples from the same collection,but all different techniques of photo-prints. 2014 and 2015 were a bit busy years and hence i could not record all the work that we did. We did…

Historic Photographs

Photography has been a great invention around first half of nineteenth century. It created possibilities of experimentation for the creative minds interested in making real images on paper. Following is a picture of a badly restored and mounted photograph created by one of the older techniques. We tried to analyze the technique by which it…

Gild playing peek-a-boo

We had already completed damage mapping at Sri Darbar Saheb Ji, in the months of October and November 2013, but gilding started playing peek-a-boo once test patches of cleaning were started later in November and December. There were many places where gilding was uncovered not just beneath the thick grime layers, but also under thick…

December 2013

Conservation and personal scene at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji (My personal dairy of professional and personal scenario in December of 2013) December 2013 was strange, i had committed to start actual on-site work at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji  and at home my father-in-law suffered second paralytic attack (he could not survive it after 27th December),…

Extent of damage in wall paintings (Darbar Saheb Ji)

Since the paintings were created by Bhai Atma Singh directly over the paintings done earlier by Bhai Gyan Singh, the grip or binding to the ground (earlier painting was serving like ground layer) was minimal and there was huge amount of flaking. The paintings of Bhai Atma Singh were in turn over painted by different…

Wall paintings(at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji), as we found them before starting our work

Initially it took some three to five trips to Sri Amritsar, all by myself as a conservation expert and with managers of Sri Harmandar Sheb Ji to understand the extent of damage to the wall paintings and gold plates. Following pictures were taken by me during these earlier trips somewhere in the mid of 2013.…

Walls of the first floor at Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji

Golden Temple or Sri Harmandar Saheb Ji is a sacred site visited by thousands of people every day, but not many go to the first floor. Even among those who go to first floor, not many take the parikrama at the first floor. Following picture is an incomplete model of the first floor parikrama. The…

Conservation lab loves to elaborate even an extremely simple job of fixing a broken ceramic

(Just that this piece of ceramic is unique and historically important.) Small jobs like cleaning are actually meditative and provide, much needed peace, focus and purpose. Conservation lab tends to glamorize the small jobs too, with a pinch of specific knowledge and the confidence of the practical application of the knowledge of the material and…

Conservation lab loves to elaborate even an extremely simple job of fixing a broken ceramic

(Just that this piece of ceramic is unique and historically important.) Small jobs like cleaning are actually meditative and provide, much needed peace, focus and purpose. Conservation lab tends to glamorize the small jobs too, with a pinch of specific knowledge and the confidence of the practical application of the knowledge of the material and…

Solvent gel cleaning, consolidation and in-painting

…continued from the previous post A Case study of an oil on canvas painting It was important to remove the old varnish from this painting because, it was very thickly applied almost every other year of its lifetime and had darkened to an extent that the actual colors of the painting were not visible. For…

A Case study of an oil on canvas painting

A painting that came to our lab some five springs back makes a very good study for the students who have just started learning the practice of conservation. It was a portrait of great-grandfather of Maharaja of Kapurthala. Ignorance of the staff responsible for the upkeep of the palace had led to multiple problems. Not…