Inorganic Materials Laboratory

Ceramics | Glass | Glaze | Metals | Alloys | Gemstones,….

The latest technology in material inspection and treatment are incorporated into the care for inorganic materials. A purpose built laboratory, fully equipped with conservation grade working materials as well as the proper professional tools and equipment, are utilized to ensure maximum care and handling during object treatment. The inorganic lab inquires with great interest on materials such as glass, metals, ceramics and stone – all examined and treated with full professionalism and science-based documentation of facts and findings.

Objects of Inorganic Material are those, which were never animate. They tend to be crystalline in nature, rather then fibrous and are generally more stable and, naturally, longer lasting then materials of organic nature, but not without their own specific problems. Stone, glass, ceramics, glaze, metals and most of the pigments are examples of inorganic materials and show their own way of aging and natural decoration [e.g. rusting of iron]. Objects of a composition of materials, e.g. gold and silver, brass and bronze, react also physically and chemically (with each other) if not taken care of. Bone and Ivory on iron are not only of different origin (bone/ivory is organic material, Iron is of inorganic origin) need the special care of conservation specialist. The same applies to ceramics, mounted with metal spouts and decorations. A science-based Interdisciplinary approach and teamwork is highly required and provided.

Conservation Highlights

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Inorganic Materials e.g. Metals, Ceramics and Glass