Lacquer: Technology and Conservation

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Butterworth-Heinemann, Apr 27, 2000 - Antiques & Collectibles - 182 pages
For the conservator this book is an invaluable tool when examining the options available for treatment of lacquer. Not only does it cover the technology and methods of treatment for both types of lacquer, but it assesses current practices enabling the conservator to make more informed decisions.

Controversial issues are also debated, such as whether Asian lacquer should be restored in the Asian manner, using non-reversible materials, or using western methods that are theoretically reversible. As the book describes production technology and decorative techniques it will also be a useful aid for both art historians and collectors alike in identifying and dating lacquerware.

For the conservator this book is an invaluable tool when examining the options available for treatment. Not only does it cover the technology and methods of treatment for both types of lacquer, but it assesses current practices enabling the conservator to make more informed decisions. Controversial issues are discussed such as whether Asian lacquer should be restored in the Asian manner, using non-reversible materials, or using western methods that are theoretically reversible. As the book describes production technology and decorative techniques it will also prove to be a useful aid for both art historians and collectors alike in identifying and dating lacquerware.

Lacquer has long been misunderstood, particularly because the word itself has been used to characterize many different materials. For centuries the term has been used to refer to the Asian and the European materials. At present it is used to describe any glossy coating, from cellulose nitrate to modern plastic finishes.

* Assesses current practices, enabling conservators to make informed decisions
* Includes new information on appearance of stress cracking and effect of light degradation
* Covers both Asian and European lacquer for a comprehensive overview
 

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This is a great little book with some information that is hard to find concerining Japaning and some paper mache recipes.

Contents

Substrates
12
Grounds
25
References
31
References
37
techniques
38
and silver leaf
51
tents on the surface
62
25
68
5
119
6
124
References
131
References
142
132
148
Conservation of japanning
157
6
162
Glossary
172

References
70
References
96
Substrates for japanning
113

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Decorative Arts Conservator, Royal Ontario Museum.

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