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Sunday, May 15 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
(Book and Paper) Recent Conservation Treatments of Portrait Miniatures at Library and Archives Canada

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Portrait Miniatures present interesting challenges to conservators, as the materials used for substrates, media and encasements vary significantly, as do the techniques used by artists to create them. The portrait miniature collection at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) includes over 130 portraits. Since 2003, LAC has invested in the development of in-house expertise in the conservation of portrait miniatures. In 2015 a new survey of LAC’s portrait miniatures collection was conducted by conservators with several goals; to include newly acquired portraits, to address any outstanding items requiring conservation treatment, monitoring or additional preservation care such as re-housing or frame repair and to be used as a tool for succession planning. This paper will focus on the subsequent conservation treatment of several miniatures on ivory. Case studies will be presented, covering a variety of conservation procedures including; opening and cleaning the miniatures, mould removal, consolidation of flaking paints, humidification and flattening of warped ivory, repair of cracked or broken ivory supports and the often lengthy process of acquiring and replacing a missing or broken cover glass.


Doris L. St-Jacques

Acting Head of Maps and Manuscripts conservation, Library and Archives Canada
Doris St-Jacques is a senior paper conservator at Library and Archives Canada’s Preservation Center in Gatineau, Quebec and a 1996 graduate of the 3 year Arts Conservation Techniques program at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. Doris is an accredited member of the Canadian... Read More →


Maria Bedynski

Senior Paper Conservator, Library and Archives Canada
Maria Bedynski received an M.A. in art history from the Catholic Theological Academy in Warsaw, Poland, in 1977. That year she accepted a position of assistant paper conservator in the Prints and Books Studio at the Conservation Center for National Treasures in Warsaw. After arriving... Read More →

Sunday May 15, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Room 210 AB/EF