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Objects Conservator Ellen Chase working in the lab.

Tableware bowl, used in Japan as a tea bowl, Korea, Choson period, mid-15th century (F1904.114)

Objects Conservation: Current Projects

Hagop Kevorkian Fund Fellowship for the conservation of Islamic ceramics

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery hold in trust some of the world’s finest ceramics from the Islamic world. A survey carried out from 2007–2008 (see Objects Conservation: Past Projects) by the F|S Department of Conservation and Scientific Research (DCSR) showed that several of these objects needed conservation treatment before being exhibited or published. To undertake this project, the Freer|Sackler received a generous grant from the Hagop Kevorkian Fund in support of a two-year fellowship that focuses on the treatment of ceramics. A second grant was awarded for the conservation of manuscripts and paintings from the Islamic world. Visit the Paper Conservation: Current Projects page for more information on the manuscript conservation fellowship. Learn more »


Objects Conservation Paper Conservation
Exhibitions Conservation
East Asian Painting Conservation Studio

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Scientific Research

Scientific research at the Freer and Sackler Galleries is primarily focused on the physical nature of artworks from Asian cultures. More info »

Staff Publications

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As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.