Workshop 2014

Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France
July 7–11, 2014

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The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF) are pleased to announce the 2014 workshop to be hosted by C2RMF at the Louvre, July 7–11, 2014.

The five-day workshop will explore newly developed analytical procedures for acquiring detailed compositional information about Asian lacquers, their additives and their European substitutes. During the workshop, conservators and scientists will work together in research teams to study and discuss historic lacquer samples. This is a unique opportunity for collaboration and discussion of topics such as the compositional variation in lacquered objects made in different countries and time periods, the relevance of analytical research to the conservation and interpretation, and the identification of research priorities and potential collaborations.

Workshop Details
Objectives include:
  • Demonstrate new analytical protocols and the level of information that can be gathered using these methods
  • Provide participants with the tools necessary to use these methods, such as a marker compound database and custom data evaluation tools
  • Highlight the benefits that collaboration between scientists and conservators can provide
  • Identify pressing analytical and conservation issues in the field and priorities for future research
The workshop provides instruction in the following low-tech and high-tech procedures with the aim of identifying traditional and non-traditional materials in Asian lacquers:
  • Visible and fluorescent light microscopic examination of chemically-stained lacquer cross-sections which can provide visual, layer-specific information for a number of organic materials.
  • Precision sample collection of discrete lacquer layers which permits layer-specific compositional information to be obtained.
  • Pyrolysis - gas chromatography/mass spectrometry with thermally-assisted hydrolysis and methylation (TMAH-Py-GC/MS); a versatile method with excellent limits of detection.
  • A systematic protocol for data analysis and interpretation based on customized software tools and a marker compound database developed at the GCI which permits detection of a broad range of compounds even when present at trace levels.
The concepts taught in the workshop may also be applied to the study of materials other than lacquer.
Michael Schilling: Senior Scientist and head of the Organic Materials Research at the GCI, specializing in GC/MS and thermal analysis techniques.

Arlen Heginbotham: Associate Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the J. Paul Getty Museum, specializing in the technical examination of furniture.

Nanke Schellmann: Senior Tutor and Research Scientist at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, specializing in conservation and analysis of furniture and decorative objects and the characterization and treatment of degraded decorative surfaces.

About C2RMF
The Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF) is the national research centre in France responsible for the documentation, conservation and restoration of the artifacts held in the collections of more than 1,200 museums across France. It plays a key role in the study and preservation of cultural heritage in France. It comprises a laboratory, workshops, library, archives and data base records. Scientists, conservators-restorers and curators work at the C2RMF through a multidisciplinary approach to conservation/restoration.
The research department of C2RMF is dedicated to the application of materials science for the analysis of the materials and the techniques of works of art and the evaluation of conservation treatments and is under the supervision of the French Ministry of Culture and associated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Housed at the Palais du Louvre in Paris, the research department has a large number of analytical capabilities including SEM, ICP-AES, XRF, XRD, surface microtopography, IBA techniques, mass spectrometry, infrared spectrometry, Raman spectrometry, gas chromatography, TL dating and C14 dating with AMS. The department is also home to the AGLAE (Accélérateur Grand Louvre pour l'Analyse Élémentaire) particle accelerator facilities, dedicated to the study of cultural heritage.
Last updated: April 2014
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