Conservation and restoration treatment of a leather saddle

Author: Ema Thür
Mentors: Sanja Serhatlić, Assistant Professor; Tea Borovina, MA, Expert Associate

Institution: Art and Restoration Department, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: Second-Cycle Master’s Programme of Study in Conservation-Restoration, graduated in academic year 2019/2020
Specialization: Conservation-restoration of paper

As a material, leather has been used very early in human history for writing, printing and illuminating, but also in contemporary design for various artefacts. Since leather is very hygroscopic and quickly releases and absorbs moisture, which can often result in numerous damages, it is necessary to know its structure, manufacturing process and adaptation to the environment. Each of the above findings can provide useful information in determining further conservation and restoration work. The significance and purpose of this approach are explained through the conservation and restoration treatment of a leather saddle from the 19th century.

Speaker's biography
EMA THÜR was born in Zagreb on February 26, 1998. After graduating Catholic Classical Gymnasium in Požega, she enrolled at the University of Dubrovnik, in the Department for Conservation and Restoration of paper. During education, she attended internship programme in Florence (Palazzo Spinelli) for four weeks, Erasmus+ internship programme in Antwerp (University of Antwerp) for four months and 360 hours at Croatian Conservation Institute and at private workshop Kustoda. In the academic year of 2019/2020, she has received the rector’s award for the artistic and scientific achievements for article Preventive preservation of leather and parchment objects in archival and museum collections, written in collaboration with Sanja Serhatlić.