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Saturday, May 31 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
(Objects Session) Conserving Stringed Sculpture: The Treatment of Henry Moore's Mother and Child

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Objects with tensioned string elements are found in many types of collections, ranging from fine arts sculpture to scientific and historic models. Deterioration and damage to these vulnerable elements in the form of fraying, breakage, and loss of tension can render these pieces undisplayable. This paper presents the treatment of Henry Moore’s stringed sculpture Mother and Child in the collection of the Harvard Art Museums. Upon entering the collection, the string elements were in very poor condition, with eleven of the twelve strings broken and one large section missing. This paper discusses aspects of the sculpture’s fabrication and outlines the complex considerations involved in deciding whether to replace or repair the original strings. The development and execution of a treatment technique that retains the original strings and meets both conservation and curatorial standards for exhibition is also presented in detail.


Nicole Ledoux

Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums
Nicole Ledoux is the Samuel H. Kress Objects Conservation Fellow at the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums. She received her M.A. in Conservation of Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials from the UCLA/Getty program in 2012 and her A.B... Read More →

Saturday May 31, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom B