Behind the scenes of the conservation proces
11/30/17 - Smithsonian Institute Museum Support Center Conservation Meeting, Suitland, MD: Object Conservator Kim Cullen Cobb discusses the treatment plan for the woven mat with astrological sign of the dog with Meridian's Vice President of Cultural Programs, Terry Harvey. This meeting is in the conservation lab, and this mat will undergo the most treatment in comparison to the other GGF objects.
Objects made of organic materials are particularly vulnerable to degradation over time. This woven reed mat at the Smithsonian, gifted by King Chulalongkorn after its display at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, developed a tear due to the fragility of the century-old plant fibers. Conservation stabilized the damage and improved this delicate object’s longevity.
12/11/17 - National Archives Building, Washington, DC: Curator Trevor Merrion and Kim Koons of the National Archives (right) watch as conservator Cathy Valentour explains the necessary conservation treatment for the gilded niello bowl that was gifted to President Herbert Hoover by King Prajadhipok during his U.S. visit in 1931.
Video timelapse of the ceremonial gold robe photography (pre-conservation).
NARA photograph by Jeff Reed