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4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely comprehensive study of finishing techniques, 27 July 2002
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Andy Dingley "andy_dingley" (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Lacquer: Technology and Conservation: A Comprehensive Guide to the Technology and Conservation of Asian and European Lacquer (Conservation and Museology) (Hardcover)
There are two traditions to this book, Asian lacquers (true urushiol lacquer) and Western attempts to copy them. It's hard to judge which is the more interesting, and students of Western furniture who think they have no interest in lacquer might find themselves pleasantly surprised.
The main topics covered are the history of lacquer and its techniques, and modern needs for conservation and restoration of artefacts. It's not intended as a guide to applying lacquer and although lacquer artists would find this a valuable resource, it's not going to teach you the skills on its own.
Throughout the book there is an air of knowledgeable competence. This is not some vague historical text, it's rooted in the work of a skilled conservator and their research. Despite all this, it's a well-written and enjoyable read, without the dryness that might have been expected or even gladly accepted, given the immense detail contained in it.
Lose one star for the high price. It's worth it, but it does limit those who might have access to this important book.
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