Conservation and Restoration of Glass, Second Edition by Sandra Davison

By Sandra Davison

Conservation and recovery of Glass is an in-depth advisor to the fabrics and practices required for the care and protection of glass items. It offers thorough assurance of either theoretical and functional facets of glass conservation.This new version of Newton and Davison's unique booklet, Conservation of Glass, comprises sections at the nature of glass, the historic improvement and know-how of glassmaking, and the deterioration of glass. specialist conservators will welcome the inclusion of innovations for exam and documentation. Incorporating remedy of either excavated glass and historical and ornamental glass, the booklet presents the data required via conservators and restorers and is useful for an individual with glass items of their care. * comprises either theoretical history and functional techniques, offering a accomplished view of the topic* comprises new hugely illustrated case reviews* Concentrates on 2 and three dimensional glass item recovery

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The blue glass was sometimes used in combination with gold foil. Steatite moulds in which the ornaments were made by pressing the glass into them, have been found on many sites. Glass, ivory and gold were used as inlays for luxury items of personal ornamentation, palace furnishings and weapons. The Egyptian glassmaking industry began in the fifteenth century BC, about the same time glass starts to be mentioned in Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets. From circa 1450 BC the Egyptian pharaoh Tuthmosis III made military conquests in Syria and up to the Mesopotamian borders, and it is possible that as a result of this contact, Asiatic glassworkers were sent to Egypt to found the glassmaking industry there.

Many Roman glassworkers sought to imitate rock crystal with clear glass, and other semiprecious materials. Layered stones, such as those used for producing cameos, were imitated in glass and carved in high relief. Techniques of cold painting, enamelling and gilding on glass were also highly developed. Other vessels were decorated with scratched or wheel-abraded designs. Other products of the Roman glasshouses were jewellery, window-panes, lamps, mirrors, mosaic tesserae, cast glass panels imitating jasper, porphyry and marble, and opus sectile (panels made up of flat glass pieces and set in mortar).

8, but found in the Rhineland. H 213 mm. Third century AD. Cologne. were first produced in Palestine. Bottles almost identical in shape but with Christian symbols are also known. Apparently both types of vessel were made in one workshop but provided with different symbols according to the religion of the customer. Other glass objects with religious symbols were the gold-glass bases (Ital. 7). The technique was popular in Romano-Byzantine times, and was used almost exclusively for religious iconography, both Jewish and Christian.

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