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

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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.

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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 At 13th Triennial meeting of the ICOM Committee for Conservation. 01 Sep 2002. , pp. 747-754.

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Published date: September 2002
Additional Information: http://www.jxj.com/catofpub/icom_committee_conservation_13.html
Venue - Dates: 13th Triennial meeting of the ICOM Committee for Conservation, 2002-09-01 - 2002-09-01
Keywords: conservation, painted silk, acrylic adhesive, Korean

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Local EPrints ID: 16385
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/16385
PURE UUID: a55fb573-ca23-4766-96bb-791910de4777

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Date deposited: 01 Aug 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:43

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Author: D.D.M. Eastop
Author: M. Takami

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