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niello plate

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    The Virgin and Child. c. 1475 Engraved silver plate with inlaid niello

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1470-1480 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 20 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    A second plate at the back of the same pendant as Hind 34.

  • Bibliography

    • Hind 35 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    23 February 2005

    Treatment proposal

    Remove old lacquer, clean to remove tarnish and enhance legibility


    Lacquered, tarnished, dirty.

    Treatment details

    Removed lacquer by cotton-wool swabbing with acetone. Cotton wool swabbed with Silvo to remove tarnish. Removed Silvo silver and chrome (cotton wadding,white spirit,Newburgh chalk,china clay) residues by cotton-wool swabbing with white spirit, then acetone.

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  • Department

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  • Registration number


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