Conservation Treatment for 993.21.24
(from Documentation provided by Fraser-Spafford Ricci, Art & Archival Conservation, Inc.)
Condition Report before Treatment:
Fair condition; heavy dust and moderate dirt layer, a few areas of broken loose coils at rim.
Dry surface cleaned with brush/suction to remove loose dust and dirt; Chemsponge used to reduce grime in areas without imbrication; Mars Staedtler eraser used on all dye/ink stained areas; white accretions were reduced with scalpel; dye accretions reduced using 2% Orvus neutral detergent in water on swabs, rinsed with purified water on swabs; consolidation of imbrication at fragile edges treating between 10 and 20 areas with 7% Acryloid B72 in xylene/Acrysol PM applied by brush and excess removed using same solvent; areas surrounding ink stains were re-toned using watercolour pencils in water with gum arabic binder; storage mount prepared - basket is supported with ethafoam pads in a covered tray.
Generally in fair condition; grime - moderate to severe; wear -moderate; losses imbrication - moderate; losses basketry - moderate, losses of coil stitches at rim in 9 areas and 5 cm length along open area near top; stains - a few ink or blue stains, reduced in conservation but remain partially visible.
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