Gilding Conservation (Level 3)
Prerequisite: Traditional Gilding
During the five-day Gilding Conservation course, we will explore the conservation and restoration of gilded and polychrome wooden objects. Every art object contains unique technical and art historical information. Our job is to preserve its original material, character, and legibility. Our practice is built on a thorough understanding of traditional techniques. Modern restoration materials and methods expand our options for reversible interventions.
This class presents case studies about gilding conservation, frame history, and conservation ethics. Documentation; communication with patrons; stereo microscopy; seeking further analytical support (cross-sections, X-rays, M-XRF, etc.); original materials, constructions, and finishes; and dealing with previous interventions; and conservation strategies are addressed.
Please bring one gilded object (picture frame, decorative carving, or statuette) to practice restoration techniques like cleaning; consolidating, reconstruction, retouching, or in-gilding). Gilding kits and restoration materials are available for use. You may want to bring your favorite tools and brushes, work clothes, writing material, and a camera.
Beloit College, including the instructor, does not bear responsibility for items that the participants bring to the class.
About the Instructor
Hubert Baija is a consultant to museums and collectors on the conservation of frames and gilding and an avid teacher. After thirty years as the senior conservator of frames and gilding a the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam, he retired in 2019 and currently works as a senior conservator at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. He has taught many hands-on workshops at the former Campbell Center and continues to teach frame history and conservation at the University of Amsterdam. Hubert is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and has served as co-chair in the Wood, Furniture and Lacquer Working Group of the International Council of Museums, Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC).