Saturday, June 2 • 10:00am - 10:30am
(Wooden Artifacts) The interdisciplinary approach in the conservation of wooden objects of the Museu do Ipiranga

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A historical museum can contain in its collections infinite sources of research. The Museu do Ipiranga, administered by the University of São Paulo, has focus on the history of the Brazilian society with objects of personal use, furniture, documents, photographs and also paintings.  A vast collection of attractive wooden furniture draws attention to the quality and diversity of materials, and brings out an important history of material culture since 18th century. In 2012, a specific research line was created for the conservation of wooden furniture, with the objective of defining protocols and methodologies for documentation, conservation, packaging, transportation and restoration of these objects. The work counted with professionals of the conservation of painting, paper and metal and involvement of the areas of Chemistry, Physics and Biology. The university environment favored the involvement and availability of experts and students in researches of the objects collections, material on culture and characterization of materials. On this occasion, we present the research taken on six wooden objects, between 17th and 18th century: a bed (A); chairs ( B), (C) and (D); chest (E) and chest (F). The identification of the wood species by the macroscopic method of the wood anatomy and the characterization of the pigments were carried out using analytical techniques. The obtained results allowed to show important informations of the objects that are useful to guide the conservation actions and curatorship in the museum. In relation to the documentation, it was possible to relate the place of origin and the period of preparation of each object, according to the phytogeographic information of the wood species. The work was carried out by a Biologist anatomist of woods with the methodology of sampling defined in agreement with the experts of Conservation of the Museum. At this presentation, it also will be showed an innovative research of the history of use and demands of brazilian wood specimens, showing the paths and origins of these native materials until the 18th century. This methodology and research presented here will be extended to other collections of objects in wood and vegetable fibers as a tool for the preservation and understanding of the collections in the Museum.

avatar for Fabiola Zambrano Figueroa

Fabiola Zambrano Figueroa

Wood Conservator, Museu Paulista da Universidade de Sao Paulo
I have a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of São Paulo, and received a Masters in Civil Construction Materials at the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo in 2010, with a specialization in Restoration and Conservation of Mobile Cultural Heritage... Read More →
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Rogério Ricciluca Matiello Félix

Postgraduate Student, PPGHS-USP
Graduated in History from the University of São Paulo (2014). Postgraduate student (Masters) in Social History at the Faculty of Philosophy, Languages and Human Sciences (FFLCH) of the University of São Paulo (since 2015) under the supervision of Drs. Maria Aparecida de Menezes... Read More →

Saturday June 2, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Kingwood Meeting Room Marriott Marquis Houston

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