The Art of Chris Dobson
by CHRIS DOBSON
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A4 Format PDF.
Available end September 2018
For the past 25-odd years Chris Dobson has carried out expert restoration and conservation of many pieces of armour and edged weapons, from masterworks to mass-produced munition arms. This work runs from simple cleaning, to bringing apparently hopeless cases ‘back from the dead’ and reconstructing full Renaissance embossed, etched and gilded decoration. The techniques involved in such restoration can be either reversible or non-reversible, as circumstances dictate. The restoration process includes documentation of any notable features, such as constructional marks, signatures, working-lifetime alterations or battle damage, and sometimes attribution of the piece, and metallographic anylisis by leading experts.
This publication brings together a selection of these restorations, demonstrating that so often, a restoration project is a learning process, and sometimes what you discover can give you quite a surprise. This book contains many unpublished photos that document the restoration process of armour and edged weapons: before, during, and after the work, together with photos of comparable pieces, art and period documents that put these projects into context. Some pieces are in public museums, but others are in private collections, never published before.
NB: this eBook is in A4 format more suitable for printing, and for reading on computers or tablets.