Object and materials conservation

Conservation of Wax Objects with Dr Roberta Ballestriero, Amy Anderson and Chris Woods

Ref: OM1606


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This course will look at the issues involved in the care of wax collections and provide an understanding of wax objects from a technological, structural and historical perspective. It will look at examples to show the typical degradation and conservation issues concerned with waxes and case studies showing the conservation and repair of a variety of pieces. This largely practical course will demonstrate a number of methods used to conserve and restore wax objects. Delegates will be involved in cleaning of objects and simple repair of broken objects and infills. The course is aimed at object conservators who wish to develop a greater understanding of the examination and treatment issued involved in the preservation of waxes. Practitioners involved in production, examination and conservation and restoration of this specialized field will provide the teaching. Research in this area is still in its infancy. It is hoped that those who attend the course will share their own experiences in an informal group who will all be eager to hear of any restoration and conservation attempts. The course aims - To provide an introduction to wax items, their history, current context and conservation To provide practising conservators with knowledge and understanding about the care of wax items, their vulnerability and conservation problems and what preservation advice they should give to owners and custodians To equip conservators with the necessary skills to carry out first aid to damaged wax items and to package items appropriately for storage and use. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk


Dr Roberta Ballestriero

OMC Course Leader

Dr Roberta Ballestriero graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and completed her European PhD at the Complutense University of Madrid. She is an associate lecturer on the Master of Art and Science course at the University of London and since 2013 has been an Art Historian in Residence at the Gordon Museum, London.

Her research concerns the history and conservation of Ceroplastic and wax figures throughout the centuries, including anatomical models, portraits, ex-voto, wax sketches and contemporary art.

She started her research on the art of wax modelling in 1995 and since 2004 has presented at numerous conferences and has published several articles on her thesis subjects.

Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson is an accredited conservator with 15 years' experience in the conservation of objects, sculpture and decorative surfaces. She currently works for Plowden and Smith as a Senior Conservator.

Prior to this she worked for the National Trust at Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood and Calke Abbey and for Holden Conservation as a sculpture conservator.


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