Material Characterization Tests: for Objects of Art and Archaeology (Second Edition)

Nancy Odegaard, Scott Carroll, Werner S. Zimmt

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ISBN: 9781909492202
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 269 x 198
Pages: 242
Illustrations: 14 line

The first edition of this book was welcomed not only by the conservation profession but also by those working in archaeology and museums who need to know from what materials objects are made, the compounds that are associated with them or the characteristics of the materials used to package or store them.

This second edition includes modifications to several of the procedures described - tests for metals, inorganic compounds, organic and synthetic materials as well as several tests that help to characterize materials. The tests are applicable to a wide range of object classes including metal, textile, leather, paper, plastics and architectural materials. In addition to presenting the detailed methodology for carrying out each test, the authors have evaluated the effectiveness of each test in order to assist the reader in selecting the most applicable test and interpreting the results.

The usefulness of Material Characterization Tests for Objects of Art and Archaeology is not confined to museum professionals. This book also serves as an excellent and essential companion for conservators of outdoor sculpture, monuments, and buildings. When instrumental techniques are not available or characterization must be performed in the field or makeshift laboratories, it offers simple and reliable tests for elements, ions, and classes of organic compounds through which the compositions of materials can usually be inferred...
George Wheeler, Director, Historic Preservation Department, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University, New York

This book is really a very valuable resource!
Irene Brückle, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

The Materials Characterization Book has proven invaluable as a centralized reference for spot tests, used in both my teaching and my conservation practice.
Ellen Pearlstein, UCLA/Getty Program in Conservation, Los Angeles

So ist letztlich ein Kompendium entstanden, das kaum Wünsche offen lässt...auf die Gefahr hin, zukünftig noch seltener in meinem Labor besucht zu werden, kann ich dieses Buch jedem Restaurator nur wärmstens empfehlen.
RESTAURO Literatur 4 (2002) 268-269