European Lacquers in Context: the ELinC-project

The University of Antwerp is one of four partners collaborating in the international research project ‘European lacquer in context’ (ELinC): 

  1. Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage Belgium (KIK-IRPA) for mainly chemical characterisation;
  2. University of Antwerp for the technological and physicomechanical characterisation;
  3. Royal Museums for Art and History Belgium (KMKG-RMAH), art-historical study;
  4. the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) for sharing their knowhow concerning this subject.

Perfecting the European lacquering recipes for copying Eastern lacquer was complex and led to many trials and errors. Hundreds of the recipes were written down and can be found in historical sources such as recipe books and treatises. By studying technological features such as ingredients and production methodology, this project aims to characterise the European lacquer recipes. 

The expected results will gain produce new insights into the original appearance of European lacquers, the ingredients and production processes, certain degradation phenomena and consequently the conservation of European lacquerware in national and international collections.

More information about the different work packages of our partners can be found on the project's website: ELinC website