The Freer Gallery Laboratory for Technical Studies in Oriental Art and Archaeology

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Journal Article


Gettens, Rutherford J.;


Studies in conservation, Volume 4, Number 4, p.140-145 (1959)


conservation, D.C., Freer Gallery of Art, international, laboratories, Washington


The larger and more important part of the Freer Collection comprises antiquities of the Near and Far East. The laboratory was set up in 1952 for the technical examination of objects, mainly from the Freer Collection. It is arranged in one room and is equipped for physical and chemical analysis, mainly microscopic and microchemical. Of the three kinds of work in progress–research, technical examination of objects under consideration for purchase, and conservation–the most important is research on objects in the Freer collection. Garry Thomson