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In Varying Shades of Brown: Searching the colourful past of a 18th century masterpiece
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Carl Malmsten - furniture studies. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10,5 credits / 16 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The colourful past of the late 18th century marquetry furniture has seldom been highlighted. Through ageing and environmental influences, colourful marquetry furniture has lost their original expression. The current knowledge of how Swedish cabinet-makers in the late 18th century used dyes to colour their furniture is limited. Trace of colour has been observed and the use of dyes has been mentioned, but deeper research in this filed is missing.

A visual examination and studies of archive documents and previous research have been performed to investigate the colourful past of Gottlieb Iwerssons masterpiece, a secretaire in Gustavian style made for the king Gustav III. The result shows that the secretaire has a colourful past in accordance with its original drawing. A hypothetical picture has been created to illustrate the colourful original appearance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
Gottlieb Iwersson, Masterpiece, Secretaire, Marquetry, Wood, Dyes, Organic dyes, Dyestuffs, Identification of dyestuffs, The Gustavian style, Royal cabinet-maker, Colourful past, Veneered furniture, Late 18th century, Sweden
Keyword [sv]
Gottlieb Iwersson, Mästerstycke, Sekretär, Färgämnen, Trä, Bets, Organiska färgämnen, Intarsia, Gustaviansk stil, 1700-tals möbler, Fanerade möbler, Hovschatullmakare, Identifiering av färgämnen
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Other Engineering and Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79178ISRN: LIU-IEI-TEK-G--12/00344--SEOAI: diva2:539024
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Bachelor Degree in Furniture Conservation
2012-06-01, 10:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2012-08-10 Created: 2012-07-02 Last updated: 2012-08-10Bibliographically approved

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