Ethics and Legal Issues

Etics and Legal Issues
Source: AIC-Wooden Artifacts Group Conservation Wiki

Materials derived from endangered species, including ivory, tortoiseshell, tropical woods and exotic feathers are sometimes incorporated into fine arts objects. There are far-ranging implications with these now protected materials, including legal, financial and ethical issues.

This page presents information relating to a legal and materials overview of these complex situations and how they affect fine arts conservators in both institutional settings and private practice. Some of the resources relate to the multifaceted legal and ethical obligations of conservators when working with such materials. Others illustrate case studies which bring these issues into sharp focus, and options for conservators when the integrity of the object intersects with the realities of procuring replacement materials.