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Attribution of Cinnabar Carved Lacquer Vase

“Dragon and lotus” vase (1), “The tree peony” vase (2), label of Forbidden City (3) © Mariia Kuzminykh

The Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Fine Arts, also known as The Museum of Western and Oriental Art in Kiev, was established in 1887 and houses the biggest collection of foreign art in Ukraine. The Eastern collection of the Khanenko Museum contains a number of carved cinnabar lacquer vases, but one of them is more peculiar than the others. This vase (1) has a cobalt-blue enameled brass body and carved cinnabar lacquer imagery depicting two flying dragons with lotus ornaments.

42nd Session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee

Photo caption: Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea is one of 19 new sites inscribed to the World Heritage List. Beopjusa Temple, Hall of Eight Pictures (01/01/2016) Photo provided through UNESCO and taken by CIBM ©CIBM. Copyright/usage policy: and Permanent URL:

The 42nd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee was held in Manama, Bahrain, June 24 – July 4, 2018. Chaired by Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, this session included topics such as UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The UNESCO “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” initiative was also highlighted during the session. Launched this past February, this initiative aims to help rebuild and revive Mosul, one of the largest cities in Iraq, having suffered devastating destruction from 2014 to 2017.

Restoring a Terengganu Al – Quran

The Terengganu Quran, leather cover, before and after treatment. Image courtesy of the Pahang Museum and Alex Teoh

By Alex Teoh

“It is from Terengganu that we find the most brilliant illuminated Quran in the whole of South East Asia”
-Annabel Teh Gallop


Conference: NANOmaterials for the RESToration of works of ART

NANOmaterials for the RESToration of works of ART conference, 29-30th November 2018, Copenhagen

Venue: The National Museum of Denmark, Ny Vestergade, 1471 Copenhagen, Denmark

29 Nov 2018 to 30 Nov 2018

Event Review: Christopher Clarkson (1938-2017): A Conservator’s Path -- Tributes and Celebrations

Christopher Clarkson examining a manuscript. Image Copyright Jane Eagan / Winchester Cathedral

By Jane Eagan, FIIC

On Monday March 5, 2018, the bibliothèque de l’Arsenal in Paris held an event to celebrate Christopher Clarkson’s contribution to book conservation. The Arsenal Library, in the Bastille neighbourhood of Paris, was founded in 1756, and has been a department of the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) since 1934. Its history and library collections, which have a particular strength in the area of book collecting, are conserved on location by a team of five bookbinders and book conservators.

Event Review: IIC 2017 Student & Emerging Conservator Conference – Head, Hands & Heart, Bern

Conference participants at the entrance of the HKB. Picture: ©T. Demmel 2017.

By Mariana Escamilla Martínez, Charlotte Hoffmann and Naja Staats

From October 12-13, 2017, the IIC Student and Emerging Conservator Conference (IIC-SECC) was hosted at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB). This conference was the fourth in the series, following those previously held in London (2011), Copenhagen (2013), and Warsaw (2015). This year’s conference was attended by 94 participants from various countries including China, Cuba, Germany, Poland, and Russia among others. The local organizing committee, directed by Isa von Lenthe, consisted of 16 students from the HKB.

Book Review: Public Paintings by Edvard Munch and his Contemporaries: Change and Conservation Challenges

Book cover for Public Paintings by Edvard Munch and his Contemporaries: Change and Conservation Challenges, edited by Tine  Frøysaker, Noëlle L.W. Streeton, Harmut Kutzke, Françoise Hanssen-Bauer, Biljana Topalova-Casadiego. Image courtesy of Archetype Publications Ltd.

"Public Paintings by Edvard Munch and his Contemporaries: Change and Conservation Challenges"
Edited by Tine Frøysaker, Noëlle L.W. Streeton, Harmut Kutzke, Françoise Hanssen-Bauer, Biljana Topalova-Casadiego
London, Archetype Publications, Ltd. 2015
390 pp / £75.00 / $160.00 / Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-909492-38-7

Review by Michael Duffy, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Report on IIC Council Meeting

IIC Council members meeting this past May in London at the Society of Antiquaries. Image © International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

IIC Council met on 10 and 11 May for the second time this year, at the Society of Antiquaries in London.

This was the first meeting with Juergen Vervoorst in the position of Treasurer, having been co-opted onto Council after the resignation of Velson Horie. Velson’s diligent and careful tenure as Treasurer was gratefully acknowledged at a lunch on 11th May after the Council meeting was over.


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