Academic thesis

Verena Martina Roßmann: European lacquer in Asian style (japanning) – surface layer set-up, conservation-concept, sample restoration based on the example of a cabinet (around 1710) from Weikersheim Palace Back
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Abstract: The subject of the present master’s thesis is a cabinet (around 1710) Weikersheim Palace (Germany) which
is decorated with a japanned lacquer surface. The primary aim of the master’s thesis is the analysis of the
cabinet with focus on the original lacquer surface. This investigation showed that the surface is made of a
black essence oil-lacquer on gesso, which is decorated with oil bound brass powder. Further a conservationconcept
was developed. The initial point of this concept is to obtain an appearance that is more similar to
the original one, which is detracted by later treatments. The concept was realized on a sample area where
methods for the removal of a shellac-based varnish (with an isopropanol-gel) and a retouching (with
aquarelle and Laropal A81) were developed.


  • academic institution: Technische Hochschule Köln
  • kind of theses:  Masterarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Dipl.-Rest. M.A. Andreas Krupa
  • assistant Tutor:  Barbara Piert-Borgers
  • date:  2016
  • Language:  German

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