The solidified sap of certain trees from South-East Asia, Japan and China has been used as an organic coating material for everyday objects, art and architecture since the 16th century. Some of these items are now housed in museum collections.
For the safe and effective cleaning of these lacquered objects, the researchers of the Paintings Laboratory, in collaboration with the Art & History Museum and UGent, analysed the influence of various solvents. They formulated a set of best practices thanks to thorough analyses and test treatments. These guidelines will initially be used to safely clean and preserve the Asian lacquer collections of the Art & History Museum in the long term.
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