Conservation Mounting for Prints and Drawings: A Manual Based on Current Practice at the British Museum

Joanna M. Kosek

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ISBN: 187313259x
Binding: Hardback
Dimensions: 297 x 210 mm
Pages: 198
Illustrations: 209 colour, 61 line

As long ago as the 1850s, an attendant in the Printed Room at the British Museum devised the sunk mount to protect the stored prints and drawings from the adverse effects of handling. Mounts of this kind are now in universal use.

Attention to detail in the long-term care of prints and drawings has characterized the British Museum to the present day. In this book, the author and her colleagues have given us a rare and detailed insight into the workings of a practising mounting studio within a national institution. The history of mounting is traced using examples from the British Museum's collection, and the reader is taken visually, step by step through the processes and techniques used in the British Museum for mounting both western and Oriental prints and drawings.

A professional practical handbook with a comprehensive bibliography, glossary and index, Conservation Mounting for Prints and Drawings places the practice of mounting in context within the history of collecting, connoisseurship, conservation theory and collections management. This book will appeal to conservators, collection managers, curators and collectors.

Because it is so comprehensive and detailed, I expect this book will become a standard text on the subject of mounting and matting, and it certainly fills a need in the literature of paper conservation. I would urge all paper conservators and mount makers to buy a copy and keep it close at hand.
Journal of the Canadian Association for Conservation 29 (2004) 39-40

Für Konservierunstechniker in Graphischen Sammlungen sowie Konservierungseinrahmer sollte dieses Handbuch ebenso zur Standardlektüre gehören und immer zur Hand sein, wie als Nachschlagewerk für Kuratoren und Galeristen die für die Bewahrung und Pflege einer Sammlung verantwortlich sind.
Papier Restaurierung 7(1) (2006) 8-10

The focus on presentation provides a good illustration of the different demands placed on framers and conservators…The conservation and museum community will undoubtedly find this an excellent book…I recommend this book as an essential reference book for any framer’s shelf...
Art Business Today (January 2005) 75