Collaborative project on Vietnamese lacquer

Bettina Ebert ” href=”http://www.asiarta.org/author/bettina/”> Bettina Ebert In January 2010 , Asiarta Foundation and the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles initiated a collaborative research project with the aim of investigating Vietnamese lacquer. Initial analytical results are expected towards the end of 2011.Ecole des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine Research context

  • Obtain lacquer, pigment and dye samples from various artists for analysis and investigation purposes
  • Obtain samples from lacquer painting s, historic and contemporary, for analysis
  • Obtain lacquer samples and lacquer panels from the various suppliers in Vietnam and Cambodia for testing purposes
  • Investigate deterioration processes of Vietnamese lacquer painting s in relation to environmental conditions in Vietnam
  • Investigate the effects of usual handling, such as fingerprints and chipped corners and edges on the stability of lacquer painting s
  • Explore differences between lacquer painting in the North and South of Vietnam , including material differences and processes, taking special account of availability of materials during different periods
  • Investigate mechanical properties of lacquer, and undertake suitable ageing tests
  • Document the manufacturing process of Vietnamese lacquer and lacquer panels

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The Getty Conservation Institute is involved in a research project on theAsian and European lacquer” href=”http://www.getty.edu/conservation/science/lacquers/index.html” target=”_blank”> characterization of Asian and European lacquers. We hope that this will further our knowledge on the analytical methods that may be used to identify the components present in lacquer.

About the author

Bettina is a professional paintings conservator, who is also qualified in art history. She set up the paintings conservation unit for Asiarta Foundation . Her specialist field of knowledge and research is Southeast Asian paintings, particularly art works from Vietnam.

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