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Composition and state of alteration of 18th century glass from the Cistercian nunnery of Clairefontaine (Belgium)
Author(s): Davy Herremans; Simone Cagno; Anke Vincke; Wim De Clercq; Koen Janssens
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Paper Abstract

An extended set of 18th century glass vessels was analyzed by means of SEM-EDX (major and minor element composition) The fragmented archaeological objects were recovered from a latrine belonging to the early 18th century building phase of the nunnery of Clairefontaine, near Arlon (B). On the basis of typology and decoration, the major part of the vessels could be dated around the middle of the 18th century. Variety in color and weathering of the glass suggest differences in glassmaking recipes and in the composition and origin of raw materials. The results of the analysis show how two main compositional groups constitute about 90% of the analyzed glass set, and these are constituted by potash glass (transparent beakers) and high lime low alkali glass (green bottles). Next to these, a few potash-lime and soda glasses are also found. The type of alteration has also a clear relation with the original glass composition.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 November 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8422, Integrated Approaches to the Study of Historical Glass, 842206 (7 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.975247
Show Author Affiliations
Davy Herremans, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
Simone Cagno, Antwerp Univ. (Belgium)
Anke Vincke, Antwerp Univ. (Belgium)
Wim De Clercq, Ghent Univ. (Belgium)
Koen Janssens, Antwerp Univ. (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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