Black pottery flagon with foliate scroll decoration.
- Found/Acquired: West Stow Fen
- (Europe,United Kingdom,England,Suffolk,Mildenhall,West Stow Fen)
18 January 2000
Reason for treatment
Catagory "C" from survey of pots being moved to study centre in January 2000 = immediate conservation work necessary in NO.9, the C,G+ Conservation Dept. General treatment details = "Dismantle if necessary, remove previous adhesive, surface clan. Reconstruct, gap fill for support only, (no need to colour match, seal plaster only). Consolidate cracks and flaking surface if necessary. Photograph interesting examples of restoration for slice section."
Vessel poorly joined with shellac. Large area missing from neck. Backed and filled with fabric stiffened with shellac. Some areas filled with harder, grey plaster/cement material. Adhesive failing. Some hairline fracturess within structure. Museum dirt on interior and exterior surfaces. Dried flowers found inside. Possibly modern.
Joins taken down by storing in dessicator with Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol). Edges cleaned mechanically using a scalpel and stencil brush. Fractures consolidated with 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50:50 IMS and acetone. Excess swabbed away with acetone. Fragments joined with HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). Support fill required. Missing area packed with a paste of Microballoons (glass spheres) in 30% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50:50 Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol):acetone solution. Pared with scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper. The dried flowers were put in a polythene bag with holes in it and stored in the vessel.
Prehistory and Europe
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Object reference number: BCF787
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