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Conserving the Claude Room Fireplace

Posted on 10/12/2017 by Amy Dangelico

Renee Jolly, Biltmore’s Objects Conservator, has recently been working on inpainting losses in the gilding of the Claude Room’s marble fireplace.

Renee Jolly, Objects Conservator in Biltmore HouseInpainting is a conservation term referring to the application of color within areas of loss in a piece—as opposed to overpainting, or applying new color on top of the original paint.

Inpainting closeupRenee is using a mixture she made that includes an acrylic medium and various mica powder pigments to match the original color.

Project completePer conservation standards, all inpainting applied to pieces in the Biltmore House collection is easily reversible—now and in the future—without causing any damage to the original gilding.

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