Chinese export lacquerware: conservation and analysis
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Delaware
For several months at Winterthur Museum I assisted furniture conservators Joao Petisca and Stephanie Auffret, and conservation scientist Catherine Matson with the treatment and analysis of lacquer objects in the collection of Winterthur and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. This is a three-year project supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Half of the project time is devoted to the treatment of objects from the Winterthur Museum collection, and half is devoted to the analysis of 12 Winterthur objects and approximately 15 objects from the Peabody Essex. The main goals are to conserve deteriorated lacquer objects in Winterthur's collection, gather information about the materials and manufacturing techniques of export lacquer objects, and provide instruction to conservators on the material nature and treatment practices of these pieces.
My assistance in the project included the following: