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Ceramics and Glass: revealing the skills of Restoration and exposing the fakes of forgers. Professor Norman Tennent Tuesday 26 March 2019




How restorers and forgers in their different ways create

new works of art  

 SESSION ONE:  Masterpieces of restoration

This session will illustrate not only the stunning restorations of damaged world-famous creations such as the Rose Window of York Minster and the Portland Vase but also the day-to-day work behind the scenes in museums, caring for ceramics and glass in collections. We will learn how items no longer fit for display can be transformed to take pride of place in new exhibitions…and we will see that these very techniques can be adapted to be used at home. Prevention is better than cure - fine Venetian glass objects can shatter like a car windscreen unless museums take care to avoid glass ’crizzling’. However, Sir Winston Churchill, depicted life-size in glass, may be beyond hope…as we shall see!


 SESSION TWO: Creating and revealing forgeries

Forgeries of Chinese earthenware ceramics are now so common and so perfect that all the main auction houses test items scientifically to confirm they are old. This session will explore how the battle to ensure that fake and forgeries are exposed is being won by combining connoisseurship with scientific investigation. The range of methods to detect forgeries and to understand the creation of authentic items will be illustrated. Luckily forgers cannot overcome ‘thermoluminescent dating’…at least, not yet! 

Break for Sandwich Lunch 

SESSION THREE: ‘As good as new!’

In a demonstration session, Prof Tennent will put into practice some of the conservation methods illustrated in the lectures for repairing damaged ceramics and mending broken or cracked glass. This session will be a chance for the participants to bring personal items for advice on how they could be best made to look ‘as good as new’….cherished personal keepsakes deserve as much care as museum treasures!  


Cost of Special Interest Day:  £25 – includes a Sandwich Lunch


Applications to:-

Mrs Ann Danby, Mereworth, Mill Lane, Donhead St Andrew, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9EF.                    Email:                       Telephone: 01747 828640

Cheques to be made payable to:  The Arts Society Wylye Valley.


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