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Subject: Staining ivory

Staining ivory

From: Elizabeth C. Welsh <aaphw>
Date: Monday, November 9, 1992
Re: Karen Garlick's inquiry in Conservation DistList 6:26

Ivory, Dyed or StainedAddress:Address: Phone Phone
The Winterthur Museum has a gorgeous set of knives with handles made
from green-dyed ivory. They have an excellent library and quite possibly
their decorative arts curatorial and/or conservation staff can cite some
references that discuss old methods for coloring ivory.

    H.F.duPont Winterthur Museum
    Winterthur, Delaware 19735.

At the Walters Art Gallery, conservator Terry Weisser and her
group have done quite a lot of work on the conservation and
restoration of ivory objects. In the course of their work, I
would imagine they also have noted information on dyed ivory,
and, since they've done a lot of treatment, they may also know
something about accidental stains.

    The Walters
    600 N. Charles St.
    Baltimore MD 21201

In "Painting Materials," Gettens and Stout indicate that ivory was
"often stained." No more than that, but it is a clue that with a little
research, you will be able to find examples of colored ivory and,
probably, recipes.

I hope you'll report to Conservation DistList readers your findings,
including references, when you get through looking into this.

Liz Welsh

                  Conservation DistList Instance 6:27
                Distributed: Saturday, November 14, 1992
                        Message Id: cdl-6-27-001
Received on Monday, 9 November, 1992

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