Olivier Models

Available for “Adoption” through the Adopt an Artwork Program

Following a survey by the Williamstown Art Conservation Center of the entire collection of Olivier Models owned by the College, we received generous funding from the President’s office to have some of the models conserved. In addition, a grant from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network in 2017 (as part of the Conservation Treatment Grant Program, in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts), helped cover the cost of four models currently being treated. However, more than thirty models still need to be conserved or cleaned. Read more about this singular collection here.

Treatment typically ranges from $1,500 to $2,500 per model, and involves cleaning and waxing the wooden cases; stabilizing cracks and filling losses; removing and reapplying coating on metal components before re-polishing them; some models require restringing of the threads; the models are then fitted with a Styrofoam-like material “collar” which separates the threads holding the hanging weights, and prevents them from becoming entangled upon moving.

Before and after conservation: Théodore Olivier, Intersection of Two Cylinders of Unequal Radius (purple and white), ca. 1830-1845, fruitwood, brass, thread, lead weights, Union College Permanent Collection, 1868.11 UCPC

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