Marriage Certificate – lithograph

MEDIA: Multicolored printing ink, including metallic
SUPPORT: tan colored, light weight, wove paper
DIMENSIONS:  W 21 x H 14 5/8 inches

CONDITION: Very tightly rolled in a tube, and stored in an ornamental metal storage tube with friction fitted cap (original to the piece).

When unrolled, the paper was found to be very brittle, especially at either end where the paper is broken in several areas, with some losses and some detached fragments.

TREATMENT:
Humidified and lightly flattened.

Backed with Japanese paper and Klucel G (a cellulose based adhesive) in ethanol with a small amount of deionized water added. Klucel was chosen, instead of wheat starch paste, to minimize the potential for damaging interactions between the medium and water. Dried between blotters.

Fragments replaced using Klucel G adhesive.

Sandwiched between two sheets of polyester film (Melinex 516) and rolled to fit back into metal tube. (Owner’s preferred method of storage).


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