Monday, March 24, 2014

Rooting Out False Assumptions

 

“Every break, loss, mark, abrasion, or discoloration on an object had a moment of creation, and the task of the examiner is to unravel the story woven into this texture. This is a holistic task, sometimes requiring technical expertise, sometimes historical understanding or design sensitivity, but always requiring a dogged insistence that each detail under consideration be justifiable, that is, understood for what it is and how it was induced. And finally, any examination that does not question previous observations and assumptions will rarely root out false assumptions independently.”

-Michael S Podmaniczky from New England Furniture at Winterthur: Queen Anne and Chippendale Periods

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