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Subject: Flaking gilding

Flaking gilding

From: Christopher Robinson <crobinson>
Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2003
One of our students is conserving a Sevres porcelain item which has
been restored during the late 19th century. The restoration
comprises a mixture of regilding techniques over previously worn
areas. Both leaf gilding and 'bronze paint' seem to have been used.
The latter appears to be the most problematic as loose flakes also
seem to be lifting the original fired gilding from the surface. Has
anyone come across this problem before and have you any
recommendations for a suitable consolidation technique?

Chris Robinson
Conservation Unit
University of Lincoln
Chad Varah House
Wordsworth Street
Lincoln LN1 3BP
UK
+44 1522 895070


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