About: Susan Lansing Maish and Eduardo P. Sánchez

Eduardo P. Sánchez I’m associate conservator in the Department of Antiquities Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum. During my 25 years with the Museum, I’ve worked on numerous exhibitions and in-depth collaborative projects of both domestic and international scale, such as the conservation of an important imperial Roman portrait sculpture of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius owned by the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany, and the first major exhibition in the U.S. devoted to ancient mosaic masterpieces from Tunisia, Stories in Stone: Conserving Mosaics of Roman Africa. Currently I am working on a collaborative conservation project with the Cabinet des Médailles in the Bibliothèque nationale de France to complete the conservation of Roman silver luxury items that are part of the Berthouville Treasure. I am overseeing the documentation, assessment, and conservation of these extraordinary pieces, which will be displayed at the Getty Villa before the collection is returns to France. Susan Lansing Maish I’m assistant conservator in the Department of Antiquities Conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where I have worked for 25 years. I am very excited to be working on such a rare and beautiful collection of silver artifacts, the Berthouville Treasure, and am very interested in the stories each object has to tell us. It is little like being a detective, unraveling the manufacturing and restoration histories of these objects.

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Looking Inside a Reconstructed Roman God

Statuette of Mercury from the Berthouville Treasure in the antiquities conservation studios at the Getty Villa

The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Bibliothèque nationale de France are collaborating on the research and conservation treatment of the Berthouville Treasure, the extraordinary Roman silver hoard from the Bibliotheque’s Cabinet des Médailles. Almost one hundred objects arrived at… More»

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Welcoming the Berthouville Treasure to the Getty Villa

Mathilde Avisseau-Broustet, Eduardo Sanchez, and Susan Lansing Maish with the Berthouville Treasure

The J. Paul Getty Museum and Cabinet des Médailles of the Bibilotheque nationale de France (the department of coins, medals, and antiques of the National Library of France) are collaborating on the research and conservation treatment of the Berthouville Treasure, an… More»

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      #ProvenancePeek: July 31

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      This small panel by Dutch master Gerrit Dou (photographed only in black and white) is now in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. It was sold to American collector Robert Sterling Clark, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, in the summer of 1922.

      How do we know this? Archival sleuthing! A peek into the handwritten stock books of M. Knoedler & Co. (book 7, page 10, row 40, to be exact) records the Dou in “July 1922” (right page, margin). Turning to the sales books, which lists dates and prices, we again find the painting under the heading “New York July 1922,” with its inventory number 14892. A tiny “31” in superscript above Clark’s name indicates the date the sale was recorded.

      M. Knoedler was one of the most influential dealers in the history of art, selling European paintings to collectors whose collections formed the genesis of great U.S. museums. The Knoedler stock books have recently been digitized and transformed into a searchable database, which anyone can query for free.

      Girl at a Window, 1623–75, Gerrit Dou. Oil on panel, 10 9/16 x 7 ½ in. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts


      #ProvenancePeek is a monthly series by research assistant Kelly Davis peeking into #onthisday provenance finds from the M. Knoedler & Co. archives at the Getty Research Institute.

      07/31/15

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