The Paintings Conservation Laboratory
The Paintings Conservation Laboratory is responsible for the treatment of easel paintings in the Foundation’s collection. This collection is primarily composed of paintings from the American Colonial and Early National periods and works of the same date from the United Kingdom and Europe. Also found in the collection are diverse works of American folk art produced from the eighteenth century to the present. The paintings lab accommodates treatments that require working in both horizontal and vertical orientations. Several tables support moisture treatments and some structural work while easels assist with viewing vertical work from different angles during treatment. In addition, a vacuum hot table enables the application of controlled even heat and pressure to do additional structural work. Microscopes in the lab allow both close examination of a painting's surface and scrutiny of samples that can inform treatment.