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Self-adjusting stretcher systems

From: Hans-Christoph von Imhoff <xoph>
Date: Sunday, February 15, 2004
Verena Muller <skra [at] worldonline__nl> writes

>I want to inquire about conservators working experiences with a
>self-adjusting stretcher-system called "Starofix" (developed in

Mr. Staro is alive and still producing. He is the inventor of the
system and perfectly able to explain to you what you need to know.
His address is as follows :

    Giorgio Staro
    31 Rue Jeanneret
    CH-2400 Le Locle (Switzerland)
    +41 0 32 932 11 27
    +41 0 32 932 11 06

I myself have some experience with the system. It is an excellent
system particularly on large format canvases - If a stretcher has to
be changed during a conservation intervention I recommend its use,
but only for formats larger than a square meter. P The best
explanation I know of the purpose and functioning and the reasoning
for the use of self-adjusting stretchers, on the example of the
STARO (R) stretcher system, has been given by Alain Roche in a paper
published in Studies in Conservation Vol 38, Number 1, February
1993, p. 17 ff entitled: "Influence du type de chassis sur le
vieilissement mecanique d'une peinture sur toile" .

Hans Christoph von Imhoff
31, Blvd. de Pirolles
1700 Fribourg / Switzerland
+41 0 26 321 14 44
Fax: +41 0 26 321 14 40

                  Conservation DistList Instance 17:54
               Distributed: Wednesday, February 18, 2004
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Received on Sunday, 15 February, 2004

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