Lacquer: Technology and Conservation
Marianne Webb

Marianne Webb is Decorative Arts Conservator, Royal Ontario Museum

Contents
ASIAN LACQUER:
• What is Asian lacquer?
• Substrates, Grounds
• Finishing layers
• Decorative techniques
• Deterioration
• Conservation

JAPANNING
• What is Japanning (European lacquer)?
• Substrates for Japanning
• Grounds for Japanning
• Recipes and Finishing techniques
• Decorative techniques for Japanning
• Deterioration of Japanning
• Conservation of Japanning

Summary
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.

ISBN: 0750644125
Pages: 200
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

Price: £50.00