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niello plate

  • Object type

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  • Description

    A sainted bishop; Engraved silver plate with inlaid niello

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1450-1500 (c.)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 17 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Suite of seven roundels (Hind 77-83).

  • Bibliography

    • Hind 82 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • 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.

    (1845.08-25.7: small hole in the left-hand side gilded cross-hatched area.)

    Treatment details

    Immersed in acetone for 1 minute and brushed gently. Then swabbed with acetone to remove lacquer thoroughly. Swabbed with sodium bicarbonate in a paste with industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) to remove tarnish. Rinsed off by swabbing with distilled water. Final swab with acetone. All swabs cotton wool.

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