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Composition of ‘Marbrite Fauquez’ 20th-century opalescent glass: results of historical study and laboratory analyses
Author(s): L. Dekeyser; H. J. M. Wouters; G. Ligovich; A. Verdonck; H. De Clercq
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Paper Abstract

Belgian Marbrite Fauquez opalescent glass is an innovative material developed at the take-off of the 20th century. S.A. Verreries de Fauquez produced this from 1922 onwards. Low maintenance requirements and appropriate properties in terms of hygienic aspects make these mass coloured glass plates popular as finishes for bathrooms, kitchens, hospitals, store fronts, decorative façade cladding,... Since production of Marbrite stopped in the 1960s, replacement of its applications in the framework of restoration procedures is almost impossible. Limited knowledge of the composition and production results in the lack of a proper conservation strategy. In order to improve the existing knowledge a historical research was conducted. Archive records including patents, literature, building specifications, plans, journals, advertisements, interviews with former directors of the glassworks, etc. were considered and evaluated. Onsite lifted samples of Marbrite glass were submitted to a laboratory investigation using optical and scanning electron microscopy. The results revealed crucial information about the original formula and components. This paper discusses the composition of Marbrite, a peculiar Belgian opalescent glass. This interdisciplinary research – a cooperation between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage – aims to improve the knowledge of Marbrite glass in order to develop repair and renovation techniques.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8422, Integrated Approaches to the Study of Historical Glass, 84220F (7 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.975233
Show Author Affiliations
L. Dekeyser, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
H. J. M. Wouters, The Royal Institute For Cultural Heritage (Belgium)
G. Ligovich, The Royal Institute For Cultural Heritage (Belgium)
A. Verdonck, Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
H. De Clercq, The Royal Institute For Cultural Heritage (Belgium)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8422:
Integrated Approaches to the Study of Historical Glass
Hugo Thienpont; Wendy Meulebroeck; Karin Nys; Dirk Vanclooster, Editor(s)

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