Wintherthur Article on Pre-Industrial Finishes


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 (This article was provided to SAPFM as part of the Winterthur-SAPFM 2017 Furniture Program)

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Seeing more clearly through opaque surfaces: A review of furniture finishes materials, their use, and ethical
considerations related to their preservation
, by Stephanie Auffret and Gregory Landrey.

This paper provides an overview of transparent finishes applied to pre-industrial furniture. It covers materials used to create and restore transparent coatings through time, how they were prepared and applied, recipes found in primary sources as well as discussed in secondary sources, all referenced in the bibliography. Case studies are used as examples and allow the discussion of ethical issues related to the preservation of these coatings.

Dale Ausherman