Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science

Symposium NICAS Delftglaze Project

Conservation, Science and Art History for Dutch tin-glazed earthenware

13Jan2017 13:00 - 18:00


This day is organized by the NICAS seed money project "Delftware ceramic glazes: conservation and technical studies" (acronym: Delftglaze).


Thanks to NICAS seed money-funds, in the past twelve months an international team of experts has explored two major analytical and technological questions with regards to tin-glazed earthenware.

Firstly, the project tested a method to overcome the problem of 'metamerism' during conservation of ceramic glazes. Due to differences in spectral reflectance, the color of an area retouched by a conservator can appear perfectly-matched under one type of lighting, but unacceptably visible in different lighting conditions. The project has tested a specially-designed computer program which produces pigment recipes that match the original glaze perfectly in all lighting conditions.

Secondly, the project has used Laser Ablation – Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) in order to analyse the glaze composition of Dutch tin-glazed earthenware. By means of these analyses, the role of raw materials has been investigated in relation to the colour appearance and the art historical attribution of a range of Dutch Delftware.


For the programme of the symposium, please click on this link.


The event will take place in the so-called Kamer van Charitate of the Museum Prinsenhof Delft (Schoolstraat 7, Delft).


As the venue can only host a limited number of people, we kindly ask you to register by clicking the button below.

Attendance is free.

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