July acquisitions at the Chantry Library

A selection of new books and journal articles now available at the Chantry Library. Remember, Icon members can request up to 10 free journal articles to be sent to them each year !  Just email Ros at the Chantry Library with your requests – and let me know whether you would prefer scanned pages or a hard copy of the item (s). Email: chantrylibrary@icon.org.uk

New Books

Alchemy of Paint: Art, Science and Secrets from the Middle Ages by Spike Bucklow, Marion Boyars Publishers, London, 2009, £9.99 ISBN: 978-0-7145-3172-4Product Details
In the Alchemy of Paint: Art, Science and Secrets from the Middle Ages the author sets out to unravel the myths behind pigments such as dragonsblood – said to be a mixture of elephant and dragon blood. Examining both the medieval palette and the often cloak-and dagger science that created it, he uncovers the secret recipes behind the luxurious colours we are familiar with today. His aim is to restore value to colour, and he reminds us all that our experience of colour is fundamentally a natural sensation that can verge on the divine.

The Power of Touch: Handling Objects in Museum and Heritage Contents edited by Elizabeth Pye, Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, California, 2007, 262pp. £24.72 ISBN: 978-159874-304-3
Despite the fact that we have a range of senses with which to perceive the world around us, museums and other cultural institutions have traditionally used sight as the main way to convey information. In everyday life, though, we use touch constantly in conjunction with sight. Why then, are visitors discouraged from touching while, behind the scenes, curators, conservators, and connoisseurs regularly handle the same objects ? Contributors to this volume demonstrate the importance of touch in ascribing meaning – both in the past and present-and display how it can be used to facilitate learning in museums and in aa variety of cultural and heritage institutions. They also explore how incorporating touch can have therapeutic and learning benefits to populations, such as children, elderly, traditional communities, and the visually impaired.

Proceedings of the 10th ICOM Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference (Amsterdam 2007), Editors in Chief K.Stroetkvern & D.J. Huisman, RACM (Rijksdienst voor Archeologie, Cultuuriandschap en, Amsterdam, 2009, 772pp  ISBN: 978 90 5799 139-4

Japanese Popular Prints: from Votive Slips to Playing Cards by Rebecca Salter, A&C Black, London, 2006, 208pp ISBN: 0-7136-6517-3Japanese Popular Prints: From Votive Slips to Playing Cards
In the West, Japanese woodblock printing tends to be associated with the ukiyo-e tradition and the familiar portrayals of kabuki actors or courtesan beauties. These well-known images were produced by a publisher and artist using the skills of carvers and printers, whose identities are rarely known. The same craftsmen also produced woodblock-printed objects for use in everyday life such as decorative paper (chiyogami), votive slips (senjafuda), playing cards (karuta) and board games (sugoroku). As the market changed in the 19th century, the craftsmen increasingly turned to the production of these low-value, essentially ephemeral objects.

Approaching the subject as an artist rather than a print scholar, Rebecca Salter focuses on the craftsmen and the complex visual culture within which they worked. Through information gained from interviews with some of the remaining practitioners and analysis of the objects themselves, she builds up a picture of the quiet role woodblock played in the lives of the Japanese as they moved from the isolation of the Edo period to embrace modernisation in the early 20th century.

The Future of the 20th Century: Collecting, Interpreting and Conserving Modern Materials, Postprints from the Second Annual Conference of the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies, edited by Cordelia Rogerson and Paul Garside, Archetype Publications Ltd., London, 2006, 143pp. £37.50 ISBN: 1-904982-17-4    
More details and contents page at:

Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color by Elena Phipps, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2010, 48pp  ISBN: 9780300155136Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
From antiquity to the present day, color has been embedded with cultural meaning. Associated with blood, fire, fertility, and life force, the color red has always been extremely difficult to achieve and thus highly prized. This book discusses the origin of the red colorant derived from the insect cochineal, its early use in Precolumbian ritual textiles from Mexico and Peru, and the spread of the American dyestuff through cultural interchange following the Spanish discovery and conquest of the New World in the 16th century. Drawing on examples from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, it documents the use of this red-colored treasure in several media and throughout the world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nqx5EHKfKtI

Which Paper ?  A Guide to Choosing and Using Fine Papers for Artists, Craftspeople and Designers by Silvie Turner, Design Books, New York, 1994 (updated edition), $25.10
ISBN: 1-55821-312-0
Paper is often overlooked or taken for granted in a work of art, yet it is one of the artists’ most basic materials and plays an important role in the success of the work. This book looks at paper before it is drawn or painted on, printed, cut up, torn or collaged. This is the first book to review a large number of the finest papers available for artists from around the world. It describes their types and qualities, suggests usage for different media, gives advice on how to handle and store paper and guidelines on how to mend, mount and care for fine papers.

Journal articles

AIC News, Vol.35, No.4, July 2010
Memories of Milwaukee by Pamela Hatchfield
Report on the recent 38th annual meeting of the AIC – entitled “Conservation Continuum: Examining the Past, Envisioning the Future”, which examined changes in philosophy and practice of conservation in the 21st century.

ARC Magazine, No.251, July 2010
Special Issue: Film, Sound & Photography

Art Business Today, Issue 3, June 2010
100 years behind glass pp 34-39
Jenny Isaacson GCF talks to John Palmer founder of Wessex Glass and Mirror, about developments in picture glazing and the options available to framers.
Words of Wisdom pp40-43
Two of the biggest names in print publishing over the last hundred years are David Shepherd and Jack Vettriano. Both artists have produced iconic works that have made them household names , and both are now publishing  their own work following long associations with big publishing houses. Annabelle Ruston interviews them.
Then and now: 100 years of prints pp44- 47
A look at the prints that were selling in 1910, and a comparison with today’s best-sellers, shows that the gulf between what’s lauded by the art critics and what people actually want to hang on their walls is nothing new.
Then and now: 100 years of framing pp48-53
Crowning glory pp54-57
Pierre Lafrance explains how he restored a full-length portrait of Edward VII, then designed an ornamental frame which was finished off with a hand-made and gilded crown.

Conservation Bulletin, Issue 64, Summer 2010
Marketing the Past
Popularising the past pp3-9
– The Heritage Economy pp10-22
– A company of Players (diversity within the heritage industry) pp23-35
– Engaging Hearts and Minds (opening historic places to the public) pp36-45

Discover NLS, Issue 16, Summer 2010
Exhibition: Slicing into History
As a new golf exhibition tees off at the Library, Senior Curator Olive Geddes takes Allan Burnett through the game’s intriguing history. pp16-19
Biography: Bringing Stevenson to book
Senior Rare Books Curator Graham Hogg on the fierce opposition encountered by one of Robert Louis Stevenson’s first biographers pp20-23
– Of microbes and men
Francine Millard explores a world of sex, drugs and disease as she works to bring NLS’ India Papers Online pp24-27

Restaurator, Vol.31, No.2, 2010
Contents pages and abstracts also accessible online at:

Treatment of the J.O. Halliwell-Phillipps Collection of Albums with Shakespearean Rarities at the Folger Shakespeare Library by Rhea DeStefano
Solvent Gels for Removing Aged Pressure-Sensitive Tape from Paper by Heidi Lennig
Conserving Pressure-Sensitive Tapes: Interim Report on a Project at the GERMAN Literature Archive in Marbach Supported by tesa SE Hamburg by Roland S. Kamzeluk & Manuela Reikow-Räuchle
A New Technique for Strengthening Book Papers with Cellulose Derivatives. Part 2: Effect of Cellulose Derivatives on Different Types of Paper by Masazumi Seki et al.
Characterizing Contemporary Artists’ Papers: A Step towards their Differentiation by Anna Villa et al

Studies in Conservation, Vol.55, No.2, June 2010
60 years of IIC 1960-2010
Slow Conservation by Sarah Staniforth pp74-80
Evaluating Color and Fading of Red-Shafted Flicker (Colaptes auratus cafer) Feathers: Technical and Cultural Considerations by Ellen Pearlstein and Lionel Keene pp81-94
The Application of 3D Computed Tomography with X-rays and Neutrons to Visualise Archaeological Objects in Blocks of Soil by Jörg Stelzner et al. pp95-106
–  The Feasibility of Flash Thermography for the Examination and Conservation of Works of Art by Krista Blessley et al. pp.107-120
Monitoring Copper and Silver Corrosion in Different Museum Environments by Electrical Resistance Measurement by Michel Dubus et al.pp.121-133
– Modification of Surface Roughness by Various Varnishes and Effect on Light Reflection by E. René de la Rie et al. pp.134-143

The New Bookbinder (Journal of Designer Bookbinders), Volume 30, 2010
Thirtieth anniversary volume celebrating the art of paper in bookbinding: Creating and Conserving
– Flexible Friends by Katinka Heus pp.5-12
– Movable Books Without Folds
by Paul Johnson pp 13-22
– Paper-paste on Boards
by Kerstin Forstmeyer pp 23-30
– Paper Worlds
by Clare Bryan & Tracey Bush pp 31-38
– The Linnaean Correspondence Project (The Book & Paper Conservation Studio, University of Dundee and the Linnaean Society of London)
by Philippa Sterlini & Vanessa Charles pp 39-46
– The Art of Paper Decoration
 by Veronique le Borgne pp 47-50
– Books, Beetles and Mark Cockram
by Nesta Davies pp 51-54
– Recent Bindings (by Fellows and Licentiates of Designer Bookbinders)
edited by Vivien Frank pp 55-79
– Man Booker Shortlist Bindings 2010


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