The surface behavior of gilding layer imitations on polychrome artefacts of cultural heritage

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Abstract

This paper proposes the first results of a larger study on the behavior of gilded surfaces of polychrome heritage artefacts with the aim to understanding the surface patterns and roughness variations before and after specific treatments (burnishing and varnishing). This study can be useful to trace correlations between the compositional features, manufacturing and applications/elaboration processes of gilding layers and the pattern of the surface topography, and also some insights into the degradation/corrosion mechanisms. The results obtained on imitations of gilded surfaces can be further useful for recognizing fake surfaces in the authentication of artefacts from the antiquity markets.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)1171-1181
JournalSurface And Interface Analysis
Volume43
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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