Applied Physics A

, Volume 111, Issue 1, pp 39–46 | Cite as

Colorando Auro: contribution to the understanding of a medieval recipe to colour gilded silver plates

  • A. Crabbé
  • M.-A. Languille
  • I. Vandendael
  • J. Hammons
  • M. G. Silly
  • G. Dewanckel
  • H. Terryn
  • H. J. M. Wouters
Article

Abstract

The colour of gildings can be modified by many artistic techniques. This article refers to the possibility of a specific chemical treatment to change the colour of gildings. The model samples—gilded silver plate, the mixture and the application of a medieval recipe based on ancient writings from Theophilius and Cellini have been described. We propose a strategy to identify the chemical processes involved in the change of colour of the metallic surface through the advanced study of these model samples. Synchrotron X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy were carried out both on the gilding with and without the application of the treatment with the aim to understand the chemical reactions occurring during the treatment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Crabbé
    • 1
  • M.-A. Languille
    • 2
  • I. Vandendael
    • 3
  • J. Hammons
    • 3
  • M. G. Silly
    • 4
  • G. Dewanckel
    • 1
  • H. Terryn
    • 3
  • H. J. M. Wouters
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut Royal du Patrimoine ArtistiqueBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.IPANEMA, USR 3461 CNRS/MCCSynchrotron SOLEILGif-sur-YvetteFrance
  3. 3.Research Group Electrochemical and Surface Engineering SURFVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  4. 4.Synchrotron SOLEILGif-sur-YvetteFrance

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