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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    G.142

  • Description

    Dish. Central stylised cloud scroll composition also roses and cornflowers rising from foliate tuft. Wave and rock rim. Made of black, cobalt, turquoise, red (bole) painted and glazed (crazed) and bevelled ceramic, pottery.

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC-17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 7 centimetres
    • Diameter: 35 centimetres
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2014-2018, A History of the World (AHOW) loan tour – PROMISED

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 December 2013

    Reason for treatment

    Loan

    Treatment proposal

    Consolidate running crack to stabilise. Wet clean glazed surface.

    Condition

    Heavy surface dirt from storage. Loose running crack on the rim. Areas of glaze loss, most appear to be old as they are ingrained with dirt, there are some small areas which appear to be 'freshish' glaze loss which appear to be a lot lighter in colour than the dark areas.

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned using a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied with cotton wool swabs, and dried with soft tissues. Consolidated the loose running crack with 5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 70:30 Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone): Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol), applied with a glass micro-pipette. Removed excess adhesive with Acetone applied on a cotton wool swab Reapplied consolidant several times until the crack was stable. Applied 5% Paraloid B72 with a glass micro-pipette to the areas that appeared to be 'freshish' glaze loss, these areas were lighter in colour than the darker older looking glaze loss. Removed excess ahdesive with Acetone applied on a soft brush.

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  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1983

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    G.142

  • Additional IDs

    • Godman 142

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