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Following the successful laser cleaning workshop held at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in November (attended by over 20 conservators from the New York area), conservators from the museum have used Lynton's Compact Phoenix system to gently clean an ancient ushabti box (Third Intermediate Period, Thebes, Egypt). Click here for more information.
Conservators from Manx Museums on the Isle of Man have successfully used a Compact Phoenix laser to remove a darkened layer of shellac and dirt from a 11,500 year old giant deer during a recent conservation treatment. Read more about the giant deer which attracted so much attention from the world's media here.
Our conservation specialist, Dr Martin Cooper, visited New Haven (USA) in December to install a new Compact Phoenix system complete with interchangeable NdYAG and ErYAG laser handpieces at the new conservation studio of Yale University Art Gallery. Martin also spent 2 days training 15 conservators in laser cleaning.
Laser cleaning tests were recently carried out by sculpture conservator, Richard Cook, on fragile carvings on Christ Church Gate at Canterbury Cathedral as part of the preparation for a major restoration project called The Canterbury Journey. Our Compact Phoenix system was used to successfully remove hard black pollution encrustations from 16th-century limestone carvings - the stone is considered to be too fragile to be cleaned by other methods. Funding is now being sought by Canterbury Cathedral from HLF and other sources to enable further conservation work to be carried out on the Gate, including 4-5 months’ laser cleaning, as part of the wider project.
Lynton recently held two more laser cleaning workshops in the USA. The de Young Museum in San Francisco and the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington DC hosted workshops attended by over 30 conservators eager to learn more about laser cleaning and gain practical experience. The image above shows excellent results obtained using our Compact Phoenix system to gently remove copper corrosion products from a 19th-century gilded brass mount (left side).
Over the last few months Lynton has been working closely with Paye Ltd. to carry out laser cleaning tests on stonework at St. George's Cathedral (Southwark), the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square and the Law Society building in Chancery Lane. The images above show the tests being carried out on a Corinthian capital on the front elevation of the National Gallery building.
DBR Conservation Ltd. has been using Lynton's Compact Phoenix laser in recent testing on the stunning Nelson Pediment (Coade stone) at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London. Read more about this in the article published in March's edition of Context magazine, published by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.
Lynton attended the Institute of Conservation's triennial conference held at Aston University, Birmingham, in June. Our Compact Phoenix system was on display at the trade fair and attracted a high level of interest from conservators attending ICON16. Our laser also featured in a fascinating talk by conservators from Manx Museums who used it to remove a discoloured shellac layer from the huge 11,500 year old skeleton of a giant deer.
Lynton's conservation specialist, Dr Martin Cooper, visited New York recently to install one of our Compact Phoenix systems in the world famous Metropolitan Museum of Art. Conservators in the Objects Conservation department received training and have since been carrying out tests on a wide range of materials and objects.
Conservators at the Liebieghaus Museum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, have been testing our Compact Phoenix system on a number of objects in its sculpture collection, including the stunning 15th-century Rimini altarpiece (alabaster). The Liebieghaus is home to a superb collection of 3,000 sculptures dating from ancient Egypt to Neoclassicism. It is one of the world’s most prominent museums specializing in sculpture.
Conservators from Mareva Conservation Ltd. have been recently using our Compact Phoenix system as part of the conservation work carried out inside one of Oxford University's colleges. Laser cleaning work was successfully carried out to a number of marble monuments.