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Analysis of the European lacquer technique and technology of polychromed wooden decoration of Chinese room in Wilanow Palace in Warsaw
Author(s): Irmina Zadrozna; Anna Guzowska; Elzbieta Jezewska
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Paper Abstract

A well preserved wooden paneling decoration of one of the rooms adhering to the King's Jan III bedroom in Wilanow Palace is a unique example of European lacquerwork attributed to famous 18th century craft workshop of Martin Schnell. This decorative technique is a method of applying many layers of clear or colored composition of resins available in Europe to especially prepared ground layer. The paper summarizes the results of original painting materials identification as well as original and late layers stratigraphy. Under certainly not original parts of polychromy there were other colors found. It has been discovered also that some parts of the wooden paneling was removed and replaced with copies painted in a different technique. The 3D scanner and produced orthophotoplans allowed full documentation of the state of preservation of the whole room. The paint samples of which stratigraphic cross-sections were made have been analysed with SEM-EDS technique and ultraviolet fluorescence microscopy. Application of the most advanced analysis techniques like Gas Chromatography (GC/MS) and Fourier-Transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) allowed the most exact identification of binding media.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7391, O3A: Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archaeology II, 73910R (11 July 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.827476
Show Author Affiliations
Irmina Zadrozna, Warsaw Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Anna Guzowska, Museum Palace at Wilanow (Poland)
Elzbieta Jezewska, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (Poland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7391:
O3A: Optics for Arts, Architecture, and Archaeology II
Luca Pezzati; Renzo Salimbeni, Editor(s)

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