The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects

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Routledge, 1999 - Antiques & Collectibles - 206 pages
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'The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects' makes available in a single volume, a survey of the chemical composition, properties and analysis of the whole range of organic materials incorporated into objects and artworks found in museum collections.

The authors cover the fundamental chemistry of the bulk materials such as wood, paper, natural fibres and skin products, as well as that of the relatively minor components incorporated as paint, media, varnishes, adhesives and dyes. This expanded second edition, now in paperback, follows the structure of the first, though it has been extensively updated. In addition to chapters on basic organic chemistry, analytical methods, analytical findings and fundamental aspects of deterioration, the subject matter is grouped as far as possible by broad chemical class - oils and fats, waxes, bitumens, carbohydrates, proteins, natural resins, dyestuffs and synthetic polymers.

This is an essential purchase for all practising and student conservators, restorers, museum scientists, curators and organic chemists.

* Available for the first time in paperback
* Detailed, comprehensive coverage of the subject area
* The only definitive guide to the survey of chemical composition
 

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Contents

1 Basic organic chemistry
1
2 Analytical methods
14
3 Oils and Fats
31
4 Natural waxes
49
5 Bituminous materials
56
sugars and polysaccharides
69
7 Proteins
84
8 Natural resins and lacquers
95
9 Synthetic materials
129
10 Dyestuffs and other coloured materials
141
causes and prevention
160
12 Analysis in practice
169
Index
196
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