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Friday, May 31 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
(Wooden Artifacts) We Can Fix It But Should We? Take 2: Contemporary Art Comes Knocking

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A local private collector approached the Studio of Fallon & Wilkinson LLC to consult on the treatment of a contemporary piece made by California based studio furniture maker and wood sculptor John Cederquist (born August 7th, 1946).

The piece, a “Kosode” form two-door cabinet, had sustained severe UV damage with significant fading of the originally colorfully dyed surface design elements. The surface decoration included a Mickey Mouse Arm using a traditional wood plane, inlaid wood shavings falling from the tool, checkerboard “parquetry”, geometric clan signs, and Japanese writing. The inside of the cabinet was protected from the UV exposure and subsequently retained the wonderful rich color and surface characteristics that had disappeared from the front of the cabinet.

The client’s request was to conserve and restore the vibrant dye and ink colors and surface topcoat to the now faded areas, particularly on the large front of the cabinet, which is shaped like a life sized kimono.

As conservators, occasionally we are asked to undertake treatments that ultimately may have complex professional, ethical and market valuation considerations, and these issues become a large part of the equation when dealing with Contemporary Art.

This paper will explore these issues, and the journey it takes to find the answers.


Tad Fallon

Principal, Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC
Tad Fallon grew up around art and antiques, working within the family business, Copake Auctions Inc., prior to college. In 1991, after beginning college as a studio art major, he entered the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Restoration program in New York City and studied... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2013 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
JW Marriott Meeting Room 204-205 10 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204

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