15 May 2017 - 19 May 2017
Workshop: "Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer" | Netherlands
A workshop entitled "Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer" will be held at the Ateliergebouw in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, between 15 and 19 May 2017. The workshop is the result of a partnership involving the Getty Conservation Institute, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and the Rijksmuseum. It is held in the context of a broader project with the same title, developed by the Getty Conservation Institute. This five-day workshop will explore newly developed analytical procedures for acquiring detailed compositional information about Asian lacquers, their additives, and their European substitutes. During the workshop, conservators and scientists will work together in research teams to study and discuss historic lacquer samples. "Recent Advances in Characterizing Asian Lacquer" thus presents a unique opportunity for collaboration and discussion of topics such as the compositional variation in lacquered objects made in different countries and time periods, the relevance of analytical research to the conservation and interpretation, and the identification of research priorities and potential collaborations.
ObjectivesThe workshop aims to:
- demonstrate new analytical protocols and the level of information that can be gathered using these methods;
- provide participants with the tools necessary to use these methods, such as a marker compound database and custom data evaluation tools;
- highlight the benefits that collaboration between scientists and conservators can provide;
- identify pressing analytical and conservation issues in the field and priorities for future research.
- object should be of significance within its collection and considered important from the historical and/or technological point of view;
- conservator should be confident that permission of the owner will be given to remove a sample of approximately 2x2mm from the object for destructive analysis;
- participant must ensure that permission is granted to present and discuss analytical results acquired during the workshop.
Pictured above: Lacquered object from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum
07 Dec 2016