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Preservation of Asian Scrolls

Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections’ important collection of art and artifacts, like any such collection, contains certain objects of great interest to scholars that are in need of assessment and conservation. The diversity and significance of these works, as well as their fragility, complicates planning and budgeting for these critical activities.


Bryn Mawr’s collection of over two hundred Asian scrolls, donated by collector Helen Burwell Chapin ’15 over fifty years ago, has recently been the beneficiary of a generous gift by Maxine Lewis ’57, which has allowed staff and consultants to catalogue the objects and prioritize conservation efforts. With this initial, and crucial, assessment complete, we are now ready to contract with conservators specializing in the meticulous and exacting task of restoring these resonant, complex works to their former splendor.


Below are images of twelve scrolls, each accompanied by a brief description, recommended conservation activities, and estimated costs. If you are interested in underwriting part or all of the work associated with one or more of the scrolls with a financial pledge of support, please do contact us via the email address below; we would be happy to provide more information about the objects, the conservation project, and the ways in which your support can be recognized.
We look forward to providing updates on the progress of this new initiative.

 

For additional information or to sponsor a scroll, please contact Eric Pumroy, Director of Library Collections and Seymour Adelman Head of Special Collections, at 610-526-5272, or by e-mail.

 


 

Sponsorship Opportunities for Asian Scrolls

 

Hanging scroll; color on silk: Lotus World Amitabha Buddha, 1800 – 1899. 

39 3/16 in. (99.5 cm) 2011.27.84

Current Condition:

The scroll is stiff due to heavy paste/adhesive.  There are horizontal creases and tears on the primary paper support and losses.  Pigment particles are flaking off.  There are stains on the borders.  The surface is dirty and covered with flyspecks.  The support bars are warped.

Treatment Proposal Includes:

Surface cleaning, and removal of overpaint, pigment consolidation, removal and replacement of lining paper, filling and inpainting of losses, re-mounting.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $22,000.00

 


 


Hanging scroll; color on silk: Nine Revered Arhats, 1800 - 1899.

37 in. (94 cm) 2011.27.105

Current Condition:

Crudely filled losses, horizontal creases, the scroll is very stiff, torn at top rod.

Treatment Proposal Includes:

Removal of the overpaint and fly specks.  Replacement of the lining paper and remounting with new brocades.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $19,000.00

 


Hanging scroll; color on silk: Immortal Flying to a Daoist Gathering on a Crane,

19th century.  25 3/16 in. (64 cm) 2011.27.110

Current Condition:

Surface grime and flyspecks.  Horizontal creases and overpaint.  Stains due to the poor quality of the lining paper.  Knobs are missing.

Treatment Proposal Includes: 

Surface cleaning and removal of overpaint.  Replacement of all the lining paper.  Removal of patches.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $9,000.00

 


Hanging scroll; ink on silk: Laozi Handing the Dao de jing to Guo Yin by Li Gonglin; 1047 – 1106. 36 1/8 in. (91.8 cm) 2011.27.112

Current Condition:

Severe grime and fly specks, horizontal creases.

Treatment Proposal Includes:

Complete re-mounting, surface cleaning, strip re-enforcement.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $10,000.00

 


Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper: Deified Monk with Two Attendant Disciples. 21 1/16 in. (53.5 cm) 2011.27.113

Current Condition:

Surface grime and fly specks.  Horizontal creases.  Knobs missing.

Treatment Proposal Includes:

Surface cleaning, replacement of the lining paper and strip re-enforcement.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $3,500.00

 


Hanging scroll; color on silk: Buddha by a Ming dynasty artist, 1368-1644.

41 5/16 in. (105 cm) 2011.27.129

Current Condition:

Grime and stains on the borders, and a tear at the top rod.

Treatment Proposal Includes:

Replacement of the borders.  Improvement of the inpainting.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $7,000.00

 


Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk: Auspicious Sightings of Jade Terrace Immortals. 45 1/4 in. (115 cm) 2011.27.132

Current Condition:

The surface is dirty and covered with flyspecks.   The pigments are flaking and there are a few areas of delamination.  There is a small tear along the top band.

Treatment Proposal Includes: 

Surface cleaning, filling pinholes, mending tears, inpainting scratches.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $4,000.00

 


Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk: Hawk on a Pine Branch. 2011.27.146

Current Condition:

Very stiff, with severe horizontal creases.  Overpaint in areas.

Treatment Proposal Includes: 

Removal of overpaint and grime, complete remounting and replacement of lining paper.  Filling silk losses, inpainting.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $18,000.00

 


Hanging scroll; color on silk: Daoist Divinity. 2011.27.147.a-b

Current Condition:

Horizontal creases, silk up-lifting, pigments flaking, overpaint.  Re-mounted in Japanese style during the 20th century.

Treatment Proposal Includes:

Removal of overpaint, complete re-mounting in Chinese style.  Filling losses.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $20,000.00

 


Hanging scroll: Japanese and Korean Shinto Shrine Seals, 1942. 19 1/16 in. (48.4 cm) 2011.27.202

Current Condition:

The scroll if very stiff and there are two horizontal creases.

Treatment Proposal Includes: 

Surface cleaning, replacement of the outer lining, and strip re-enforcement.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $3,500.00

 


Hanging scroll; ink on paper: Tree Peony Branch with Butterflies, by Tanomura Chikuden; 1777 – 1835. 24 9/16 in. (62.4 cm) 2011.27.203.a-b

Current Condition:

The scroll is very stiff with horizontal creases.  The surface is dirty and has flyspecks.  One ceramic knob is missing.

Treatment Proposal Includes:

Removal of the outer lining, strip re-enforcement, surface cleaning.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $5,000.00

 


 

Hanging scroll: Kana Calligraphy with Embroidered Silk Mounting. 9 13/16 in. (25 cm) 2011.27.205

Current Condition:

Horizontal creases, grime and impurities on the mat, brown stain on embroideries.

Treatment Proposal Includes: 

Removal of fly specks, grime and stains.  Strip re-enforcement, application of extra lining paper and outer lining paper.

Estimated Cost of Conservation: $5,500.00

 

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