Academic thesis

Kerstin Bruhns: Ways of conservation and restoration of a 17 th century cabinet. A thesis on how to deal with ivory engravings. Back
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Abstract: The following thesis focusses on a Cabinet, dating from the Mid 17 th century. Presumingly it was fabricated in Italy. The front is decorated and veneered with graved ivory plaques. Due to former restaurations some of the engravings have lost their depth and brilliance. The concept of restoration is based on several analyses on the materials, research on the constructional techniques and the historical craftsmenship of the cabinet maker. Therefor the focus is put on the question how to deal with the ivory engravings, which requires not only a specific knowledge about ivory as an material but also an expertise in dealing with the problems which occur in the combination of both materials, ebony and ivory.


Keywords: cabinet, Sicilia, ivory engraving, ivory plaque, ebony
  • academic institution: Fachhochschule Potsdam
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Dipl. Rest. Hans Michaelsen
  • assistant Tutor:  Eberhard Roller
  • date:  2011
  • pages:  137
  • pictures:  119

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