|Early 14th century print of mounter|
I have been uploading photos to the new external hard drive and came across one called The Studio. A few years back I had taken photos of LS working on one of Michael's scroll which was in a pretty damaged condition. Now LS was a conservator before he retired, one of the reasons to retire because of the tediousness of bringing scrolls back to life. A few days ago LS had bid on a print of a 14th century mounter, which was successful and it made me think of him working.
The lady below is a 'lady of the night,' hence the tissues in her mouth, the scroll is pretty crumpled, and you can see in the second photo down, the strips of thin paper to reinforce the creases, all had to be taken off and new ones applied. The use of water on scrolls to remove the fine tissue backing papers is usual, and the reverse procedure of putting on new tissue papers damp and tamping them down with a fine brush the next part. All in all on your knees, typical Japanese style is hard and somehow LS had fallen out of love with conservation! Michael was a great collector of scrolls and icons, he brought to the house once half a dozen large boxes of icons, mostly Russian, which had been in storage for 30 years, all unpacked and then packed to go back into storage.
|removing fly muck|
|Michael is helping with the tedious job|
|all silks removed|
|Finally restoring detail to the scroll|