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Paper damaged by silverfish

From: Eneko Fraile-Ugalde <eneko.fraile-ugalde>
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2000
I am treating a colour paper object very badly damaged by silverfish

I would like to know your opinion about whether the missing image
areas should or should not be retouched, or perhaps be retouched on
top of an isolating layer which would make it reversible (methyl
cellulose layer?).

There are two conflicting ethical principles here:

    1.  The object should be returned to its original aesthetic

    2.  You should never retouch on original substrate (after all,
        what you see on the eaten away areas is original primary

Anyone having experience or just an opinion about this, please

Eneko Fraile-Ugalde
University of Northumbria
NE1 8ST Newcastle

                  Conservation DistList Instance 13:48
                  Distributed: Friday, March 24, 2000
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Received on Thursday, 16 March, 2000

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