Conservation of a Greek pottery vessel

Object name: Greek ceramic vessel

Dimensions: 1) 66.5 mm x 45.0 mm, 2) 73.0 mm x 66.8 mm, 23.0 mm x 23.0 mm, 4) 23.0 mm x 20.0 mm, 5) 11.0 mm x 19.0 mm, 6) 27.0 mm x 18.0 mm, 7) 33 mm x 41 mm

Age: Unknown

Description: The vessel is small, rounded, and cream-coloured. It had become separated into seven pieces, both large and small. The shape of the vessel means the base is too small to support its size and shape.

Treatment: The surface of each of the fragments was cleaned with Wishab Sponge, a vulcanized latex material that crumbles away during mechanical motion to continually reveal a new sponge layer for removing dirt. One of the larger pieces had a structural crack that required stabilisation. This was achieved using a solution of Paraloid B72 dissolved in acetone, which was applied by syringe through capillary action. Once the crack was stabilised, the separated pieces were reconstructed using Paraloid B72 dissolved in acetone as an adhesive. To prevent smaller pieces from ‘locking out’ (not fitting into place), the vessel was reconstructed in two halves, which were subsequently joined together.

Treatment completed by UCL conservation student Stephanie Black.

Lab card of ceramic vessel before conservation

Lab card of ceramic vessel before conservation

Ceramic vessel after conservation

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