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niello plate

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  • Description

    Pietà; the background in open gilt hatching. c. 1475 Engraved silver plate with inlaid niello

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  • Date

    • 1475-1525 (c.)
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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 62 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This Niello and two others (1845,0825.1 and 1845.0825.51) have been the subject of a study by Laura Aldovini who argues for a Lombard and more specifically Bresican origin. Aldovini dates the pieces (following Hind but with wider parameters) to 1474-1525 and reconstructs their provenance (see L. Aldovini 'Lombard Nielli at the British Museum', Print Quarterly, XXIX, 2012, pp.163-68).


  • Bibliography

    • Hind 25 bibliographic details
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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    22 February 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Remove old lacquer. Clean to remove tarnish and improve legibility


    Lacquered, tarnished, dirty. Traces of rouge and dirt visible in the cross-hatched areas.

    Treatment details

    Immersed in acetone for 1 minute, then cotton-wool swabbed with acetone, to remove lacquer.

    Dirt and rouge in the cross-hatching softened with Industrial methylated spirits (IMS - ethanol, methanol) applied with a cotton wool swab. Toothpick softened in IMS also used for this.

    Cotton wool swabs of sodium bicarbonate in distilled water paste then applied to remove tarnish. Residues removed with distilled water applied using cotton wool swabs, then by swabbing with a cotton wool swab of IMS, followed by a cotton wool swab with acetone .

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