The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and the Winterthur Museum present:

Exotic Surfaces: Chinese Export Lacquer Symposium

October 29, 2015
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Winterthur, DE

This symposium is designed to explore the history, fabrication, preservation, analysis and conservation treatment of Chinese export lacquer. It is open to curators, conservators and those with a significant interest in the subject. Lectures and study sessions will present new research on the history, characterization, deterioration and analysis of Chinese lacquer wares made for the export market. Limited to 30 participants.

Registration includes lunch.

Symposium - October 29
Early Symposium Registration (by September 1, 2015): $140
Regular Symposium Registration (after September 1, 2015): $180

Registration fee does not include lodging. FAIC's workshop and conference registration policies can be found here.

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Exotic Surfaces: Chinese Export Lacquer Conservation
October 29, 2015

8:30 – 9:00 Registration - Galleries Reception
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome 
9:15 – 10:00 Karina Corrigan – Chinese Export Lacquer: Makers, Retailers, and Consumers 
10:00 - 10:30 Blythe McCarthy, Daisy Yiyou Wang and Molly McGath - Recent Scientific Research on 14 th – 17th Century Chinese Lacquers and Its Relevance to A Treatise of Lacquer Art (Xiushi lu)

10:30 – 10:50 BREAK

10:50 – 11:20 Michael R. Schilling, Arlen Heginbotham and Herant Khanjian - A RAdICAL ESCAPE: Improving organic materials identification using an expert system
11:20 – 11:50 Maria João Petisca – Winterthur Museum Chinese export lacquer project – Development and conservation treatments 
11:50 – 12:20 Catherine Matsen – Summary of analytical results of specific Winterthur Museum, Peabody Essex Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art Chinese export lacquer pieces
12:20 – 12:40 Questions

12:40 – 2:00 LUNCH – Visitor Center

2:00 – 3:10 Furniture Study with Karina Corrigan, Maria João Petisca, and Mark Anderson 
Exhibit Tour with Josh Lane and Stephanie Auffret
2 groups with 30 minutes in each venue
Group A – Exhibit Tour (Galleries), Furniture Study (Room 410)
Group B– Furniture Study (Room 410), Exhibit Tour (Galleries),
3:10 – 3:40 Silvia Miklin-Kneifacz – Chinese Lacquer on the Wall: Deterioration and Treatment Options 

3:40 – 4:00 BREAK

4:00 – 4:30 Marianne Webb – The reproduction of Chinese export lacquer samples for research
4:30 – 5:00 Questions and closing
5:30 - 6:30 Gathering and Refreshments – Galleries Reception


Travel Information

You may download a listing of accommodations compiled for the convenience of out-of-town visitors, but please note that AIC/FAIC/Winterthur in no way endorses these businesses.

This event is supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Additional funding comes from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artist Works Endowment for Professional Development, which was created by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and donations from members of the American Institute for Conservation and its friends. Courses are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course.

Contact: Abigail Choudhury
FAIC Development and Education Coordinator
1156 15th Street, NW, Suite 320
Washington, DC 20005

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