In 2004 the Laboratory for Scientific Restoration of Clocks and Musical
Mechanisms directed by M.P. Guryev carried out the restoration of an alarm
clock of German manufacture dating from the late 17th - early 18th century.
The alarm clock is a rare example of a "firing" clock, with
mechanism that acts as a timer and marks the hours by firing.
Restoration of ceramics
from the archaeological complex at Doghee-Baary II
Investigation of the burial ground at Doghee-Baary II, located 8 km
from the city of Kyzyl in Siberia, has been going on since 1989. In
the barrows of the southern part of the burial ground, dating from the
3rd-1st centuries B.C., objects which are typical of Late Scythian artifacts
of Tuva and Hunnish culture have been found. In 2004, the Laboratory
for Scientific Restoration of Works of Applied Art led by A.I. Bantikov
received 425 fragments of ceramics from an excavation. At the end of
the restoration work, these yielded three vessels of exhibition quality
as well as parts of six other vessels which remained incomplete.
Restoration of two
lids of Chinese vases topped by the figures of lions
In the spring of 2004 the Laboratory for Scientific Restoration of Works
of Applied Art (A.I. Bantikov, director) restored two lids of Chinese
vases topped by the figures of lions. The vases were going to be put
on exhibition in Novgorod the Great, but when they were received at
the Sector of Restoration of Porcelain, Ceramics and Glass, they were
not in condition to be displayed.
In 2004, the Laboratory for Scientific Restoration of Works of Applied
Art (A.I. Bantikov, director) carried out the restoration of unique
silver objects from the so-called "Sochi Treasure". This work
was the first stage in the joint programme between the State Hermitage
and the State Art Museum of the city of Sochi which includes full-scale
restoration of exhibits, their publication and preparation for public
Restoration of an
Iranian dish from the 15th century
In January 2004, in connection with preparations for the exhibition
Iran in the Hermitage. The Formation of Collections, the Laboratory
for Scientific Restoration of Works of Applied Art received a unique
Iranian dish from the collection of the Oriental Department of the State
Hermitage. At the present time, we know of only one other dish with
ornamentation similar to this one and it is in the Metropolitan Museum
in New York. The article comes from the Daghestan settlement of Kubachi,
which is known for the large quantity of works of applied art kept in
the homes of local residents.
shield. The specific features of its manufacture, conservation and restoration
This 18th-century painted shield from Iran is one of the most interesting
examples of ceremonial shields in the collection of the State Hermitage.
The shield is made of thick buffalo hide (0.6 cm) and is decorated with
painting traced in gold. The central umbo and brackets are made of silver
with a gold amalgam. When it was brought in to the Laboratory for Scientific
Restoration of Works of Applied Art Made from Organic Materials (T.A.
Baranova, director) in 2004, the item was in a deplorable state and
required immediate work to strengthen the pigment layer.
Conservation of works
of graphic art from the Museum of Porcelain Department
The most significant and interesting work carried out by the Laboratory
for Scientific Restoration of Works of Graphic Art (V.A. Kozyreva, director)
in 2004 was the multifaceted study and restoration of a previously unknown
collection of drawings in the Museum of Porcelain Department for display
in the exhibition on The Imperial Glass Factory. 1777-1917 (State
Hermitage) and the exhibition Circling the Square in the Hermitage
Rooms, Somerset House (London, U.K.).