Academic thesis

Birgit Schönfelder: A varnished fire-screen (mid-19th-century) with painted scenes of Venice, formerly part of the interior decoration in the suite of the Prussian King, Friedrich Wilhelm IV, in the Charlottenburg Palace. Examination of materials and manufacturing techniques, treatment proposal and its application in a test area. Back
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Abstract: Characteristic technological features of the object are the use of paper board as a substrate for the varnishing, the application of the paintings directly on the black varnish and the ornamentation in gold leaf and gold powder which frames the paintings. This thesis focuses on two main aspects: dry and wet cleaning to remove the soot deposit covering the surface after a fire and the examination of the materials used as well as the condition.
The examination results are illustrated in detail with photographs. Manufacturing techniques of paper board and black varnishes around 1900 are discussed in an excursus. The documentation of the condition and the mapping of the deterioration form the basis for the implementation of the treatment proposal in a test area.

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Keywords: black varnish, fire damage, soot, paper board, 19th century, paravent, fire-screen, Venice
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  • academic institution:  Fachhochschule Potsdam
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Hans Michaelsen
  • assistant Tutor:  Dipl.-Rest. B. Jackisch
  • date:  2001
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  143
  • pictures:  131
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