Return from conservation

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Painting pre-conservation

Last year I posted about winning money from the Bronze Door Society to conserve my favorite painting in the collection.  Well, I’m happy to say that the painting has now returned from conservation and looks amazing!

Notice how dark the painting was.  It’s difficult to see, but there is a tear on the pyramid, just above the second smoke stack.  The canvas was loose on the stretcher and part of the artist’s signature (as well as people and camel feet) were wrapped around the bottom edge, obscuring them.   Read more

A Thank You to the Bronze Door Society

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On October 28th was the Bronze Door Society annual dinner where museum employees present projects and BDS votes to see who they will fund.  This year we had six excellent project proposals, from purchasing new objects, conserving artifacts already in the collection, and photography equipment.  This was my first year presenting and I was asking for money to conserve my favorite painting, Kaiser Wilhelm II Among the Pyramids.  I won’t go into the history of the ship or painting as you can read about that HERE.

I am thrilled to say that I am one of the three winners of that night and that this amazing painting will finally receive the conservation it deserves!  The piece has been in terrible condition as long as it’s been here and because of this we have been unable to display it.  A big THANK YOU to the Bronze Door Society for their annual dinner and for providing money for projects like mine!  You guys rock!   Read more

Artifact of the Month – Painting of SS Kaiser Wilhelm II

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Today’s object of the month is an oil painting featuring the steamship Kaiser Wilhelm II in front of the Great Pyramids of Egypt.  I remember when I first came across it as I thought it was such a strange image with the ship completely out of water, but of course that’s how an allegorical painting is supposed to look.  With my interest piqued, I went to check out the file folder to see what the background of this painting was.  To my dismay, there was next to no information in the file and the wrong artist had even been attributed to the painting, despite the fact that there is a clear signature in the bottom left hand corner.

I am a rather curious person by nature, and so not knowing anything about this painting was rather painful.  Taking what little I knew about it, which was basically just the artist, I turned to my best friend for answers, Google.  I soon found out that the artist, Otto Bollhagen, was a well-known painter in Bremen, Germany.  This is where he set up his ‘atelier’, meaning studio.  Underneath ‘Atelier Bollhagen’ on the signature is ‘Bremen’.  The business Otto started in 1892 continues today under the leadership of a great-grandson.   Read more