Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Non-Material Aspects


“As Barbara Appelbaum points out in her thought-provoking study, Conservation Treatment Methodology: ‘The distinction between the material and non-material aspects of an object is paralleled by the distinction between preserving the materials an object is made of and preserving the object as a whole. Unless sufficient attention is paid to the object’s non-material aspects, we may end up preserving the material but not the object’s meaning.’ In other words, the non-material aspects of an object- its story – give it certain values that are not apparent from its physical appearance.”

– Rick Vogt, A Conservation Collaboration The James Monroe Gilded Ceremonial Armchair, Antiques Magazine>

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