Pottery red figure cup. Tondo shows an old man and a young man in conversation beside a pillar. Outside decorated with ten standing male figures in alternating arangement of a figure in short travellers cloak (Chlamys) and hat (Petasos) with two throwing spears and a sword in a scabbard and old men wearing a chiton under a himation and holding long sticks. Loops of throwing spears and outer base line painted in added red. Restored from fragments. Evidence of antique staple repairs.
- 470BC (circa)
- Made in: Attica
- Diameter: 30.4 centimetres (rim)
- Height: 12 centimetres
Sotheby's, The Charterhouse Collection. The Property of Charterhouse Sold by Order of the Governing Body. Tuesday, 5 November 2002 (London, 2002) p. 36, no. 69 .
10 November 2003
Reason for treatment
Dismantle and restick,retouch filled areas to tone (no details)
Broken into ca 30 fragments, restored. Restoration is breaking down, also unsatisfactory alignment of fragments. Two pairs of rivet holes without remaining rivets apparent. Five fragments missing and replaced by plaster fills. Edges of fragments severely ground and rubbed. All the interior and large areas of exterior covered with red and black tinted shellac. Animal glue probably used for bonding fragments.
Removed shellac with Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol), using cotton wool swabs on a satay stick. Dismantled object using distilled water applied to cotton wool swabs laid along joins. Gentle steam cleaning. Cleaned all surfaces and breaklines with Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) on cotton wool swabs. Steamed carefully again in order to remove dirt-, paint- and plaster residues, also used toothpick to remove stubborn residues.Left fragments to dry.Assembled and bonded using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) as far as possible. Created removable plaster fills which were after shaping, smoothing and drying consolidated with Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) 5% in Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone). The edges of contact of the original fabric with the plaster fills were consolidated with the same mixture. The fills were then adhered in place using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) and the object was assembled completely. The gaps in between fills and ceramic were filled with a mixture of Glassbubbles with Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) according to the following recipe: 3g glassbubbles + 10.5g mixture of 30% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 1:1 Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) / Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol). Finally the surface of the plaster fills and glassbubble putty was covered with a thin layer of Modostuc acrylic putty. This was smoothed with glasspaper and Micromesh of different grades and then painted with Golden acrylic colours. Polishing with high grades of Micromesh and Aeroglym polishing agent.
Greek & Roman Antiquities
Pottery Red Figure cup. Tondo shows an old man and a young man in conversation beside a pillar. Outside decorated with ten standing male figures in alternating arangement of a figure in short travellers cloak and hat with two throwing spears and a sword in a scabbard and old men in chiton under a himation holding long sticks. Loops of throwing spears and outer base line painted in red. Restored from fragments. Evidence of antique staple repairs.
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