Indian Lady

Mount Proportions, Ruled Lines and Wash Panels and Low Oxygen Sealing

The artwork is a fine antique watercolour of an Indian lady holding a lyre and looking towards a peacock in a tree.  I purchased the watercolour in an antique shop in Chang Mai, Thailand.  I decide that by using this artwork would be an excellent way to describe mount proportions, ruled lines and wash panels and finally, using a low oxygen method of sealing the mount package.

 

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Floating Mughal Artwork

The artwork is one of a pair purchased by myself from an antiquarian bookshop in Grand Bazaar, Istanbul in December 2014. Both are of Mughal design on two thin paper leaves, glued together, taken from an old Arabic book. The first depicts Noah, the ark and the animals coming into the ark two-by-two; the second, the siege of Constantinople in May 1453 by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II. The backgrounds are of gold and silver leaf and the paints are pigment derived. Noah’s face is not shown which is normal for saints faces in Mughal and Islamic art.

When framing there were two objectives; first, I wanted to be able to view both sides of the artwork and second, the artwork should appear to be floating with a surrounding border of 20mm. To achieve this I would need to encapsulate the artwork. 

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Support without Adhesives

Non adhesive methods of support do so without any adhesive coming into contact with the artwork.  It relies on pressure to hold the artwork in position , thereby restricting its movement.  This alternative to hinging artwork in the more traditional manner using tapes provides a safe and effective method of supporting many types of artwork and especially photographs where the use of adhesives may well damage the photographic emulsions and cause distortion and/or damage.

In this edition of 4Walls Mal considers three different methods; Corner pockets, Paper Trays and Edge strips. Each method is also covered by a video details/links of which can be found in "Stop the Press"

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