Gilding & Decorative Surfaces: The Care and Treatment of Decorative and Archaeological Ivory

The composition of ivory and its degradation process examined through several case studies

The use of ivory in decorative arts has been prevalent throughout history and can be found in many cultural collections. While such objects are beautiful, they can pose a problem in terms of care as they begin to age.

This presentation will examine the composition of ivory and its degradation process.

Case studies that range from historic to archaeological ivory will provide a wide range of examples regarding treatment, collections care and display.