The conservation of a Korean painted silk banner, c.1800: paint analysis and support via solvent-reactivated acrylic adhesive


Eastop, D.D.M. and Takami, M. (2002) The conservation of a Korean painted silk banner, c.1800: paint analysis and support via solvent-reactivated acrylic adhesive. In, 13th Triennial meeting of the ICOM Committee for Conservation, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, Sep 2002. London, UK, James & James (Science Publishers), 747-754.

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A rare Korean banner, of the Choson period (c.1800), made of a single layer of silk damask, painted on both sides, was conserved for long-term, free-hanging display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The brief included retaining access to the reverse face and the drape of the banner. Cross-sectional analysis of paint revealed proteinsaceous media and animal glue. The colourants were characterised with X-ray flourescence, revealing the presence of the potentially toxic compounds, arsenic oxide and orpiment. The friable paints were consolidated using isinglass (1.5% w / v) in an IMS / water mixture. Slits in the painted silk were supported with patches of silk crepeline coated with Lascaux 360 / 498 HV prepared (at 15% v / v) with an acetone / water mixture; the adhesive was reactivated with acetone vapour via a Gore-Tex poultice. To allow for the free-hanging display, nylon net was applied to support the notched side edge, and the top edge was supported with silk lined cotton, which formed a hanging sleeve.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: http://www.jxj.com/catofpub/icom_committee_conservation_13.html
Keywords: conservation, painted silk, acrylic adhesive, Korean
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > C Auxiliary sciences of history (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Art
ePrint ID: 16385
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:06
Publisher: James & James (Science Publishers)
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/16385

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