Marina V. Casagrande
MA Conservation of Fine Art Student
The options to secure works of art on paper into a mount are diverse. They include straps, hinges, tabs and polyester windows to name a few. Mounting corners are also frequently used and are a very efficient choice.
During a summer placement at the Bodleian Libraries, I mounted and framed some pieces of the JRR Tolkien collection in preparation for their display. The collection contains items in various shapes. Thus, different techniques were adopted to mount them.
Items with irregular edges were mounted with T-hinges and V-hinges using Hasegawa Usumino Japanese paper, 1.6 monme, and wheat starch paste. The thickness and strength of the Japanese paper were carefully examined, it should be strong enough to hold the artwork but not so thick as to emboss/mark the item. Bifolia or heavier items were mounted with polyester strips. Double-sided works were secured to double-sided window mounts either in a floating style using T-hinges or clamped with mounting corners.
Squared or rectangular pieces, with details close to the edges were secured with T-hinges, and if necessary, V-hinges for extra support, in floating style mounts. In some cases, when extra support was not necessary, the tabs on the bottom were left loose.
If there was no relevant information on the edges, the items were secured in a clamp style with mounting corners. To develop an efficient corner, some practice attempts were carefully executed. Different artworks require different folds and after testing, four main styles were chosen.
This case study contains a step-by-step set of instructions to make and use the selected range of corners.