CONDITION REPORTS

 

A CONDITION REPORT IS PART OF GOOD CONSERVATION PRACTICE

A condition report is a document for you to keep after conservation works have been carried out. It should be a clear record which outlines the method, thinking, and any analysis and research that has been carried out as part of works on the object. A condition report should also include advice on how the object should be maintained going forward. 

A condition report often includes a condition assessment which may have been done separately, or as part of the current works. 

The aim with our reports is to give clients a useful document that records the input of all parties involved in preserving the bronze.  We will always provide a condition report but how extensive you’d like it to be is up to you and something we will discuss during our first meeting. 

 

Lucy Branch

LUCY BRANCH MA ACR UNDERTAKING A CONDITION ASSESSMENT FOR HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES

With a condition report, the history of the object may be unclear and, much like a detective, we are gathering pieces of information together and building a picture.

Extensive research is often a large part of a condition report. It can be time consuming but hugely rewarding.  It’s not uncommon to find no original patina remaining on a bronze which means that we have to move to historic text and image research to find the evidence we need to start the restoration.

Analysis of corrosion products also helps us to be sure that we are not making assumptions. 

 

Newspaper reports enabled us to find evidence of the original patina on Epstein’s wonderful monument to Field Marshall Smuts in Parliament Square, London. 

Raman analysis helps us build a picture of what is happening on a bronze’s surface. 

Be Guided By Us

LEARN THE PRINCIPLES OF BRONZE CONSERVATION

We’ve written a guide specifically for custodians, managers and all those responsible for bronze . It’s easy to understand and there’s no expectation you have any training in conservation. 

Available in paperback and ebook wherever books are sold. 

   

Bronze Behaving Badly Book Cover

We are always here to help. Do contact us on info@antiquebronze.co.uk 

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