Mazarin Chest conservation: Reconstructing surround to metal corner plate

隅金具の周縁部の復元

The video sequences listed below show some of the processes used during the conservation of the Mazarin Chest, which was completed in summer 2008. The two conservators shown at work are Shayne Rivers, V&A Conservation Department and co-manager of the Mazarin Chest Project, and Yoshihiko Yamashita, freelance Japanese conservator and member of the project team.

2008年夏に終了したマザラン・チェスト保存修復計画の作業過程の数面をVTR で以下に紹介いたします。作業にあたる二人のコンサバターは、シェイン・リバーズ(当プロジェクトの共同マネージャーであるV&A保存修復部員)と山下好彦(プロジェクト・チームの一員である日本の漆芸修復家)の両名です。

Ten videos showing successive steps during the reconstruction of the surround of one of the four metal corner plates on the lid, from the application of fillers to colour testing of tin powder and final toning with diluted lacquer (urushi).

蓋の四つの隅金具の周縁部の一つの復元作業の模様を、修理材の充填から、錫粉の色合わせ実験、希釈漆による色の最終調整まで、順を追って10本のVTRで紹介します。

Preparing soft kokuso filler - 充填材に使う軟らかい刻苧の準備

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Preparing mugi-urushi and mixing it with sawdust to make kokuso filler.

麦漆に木粉を混ぜて充填用の軟らかい刻苧を作る。

The film shows the urushi being squeezed out on to filter paper, but leaves out the filtering of the urushi that takes place prior to it being mixed with the mugi paste.

VTRは漆が濾過紙に搾り出されるところは紹介しますが、パテ状の麦と混ぜる前の段階の漆の濾過過程は省いています。

Applying soft kokuso filler - 軟らかい刻苧の充填

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Applying thin layer of soft kokuso filler to corner plate surround.

隅金具の周縁部の充填材として軟らかい刻苧の薄層を入れます。

The film shows the kokuso being applied to an initial brownish-coloured bedding layer consisting of cellulose powder and micro-balloons mixed with Paraloid B72. The kokuso used at this stage is softer, i.e. has a lower sawdust content, than usual - this is because it is being applied to act as a binder between the bedding layer and the standard, harder kokuso that will be applied in the next stage.

セルロース粉末、マイクロバルーンをパラロイドB72で混ぜた茶色のクッション層の上に刻苧を施す模様をVTRで紹介します。この段階で使う刻苧は木粉成分が少なめのため通常より柔らかく、下のクッション層と、次の段階で施す、標準の硬さの刻苧層の間に入り、結着材の役割を果たします。

Preparing hard kokuso filler - 硬い刻苧の準備

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Preparing round lengths of hard kokuso filler.

硬い刻苧を丸く伸ばしたものを用意する。

Applying hard kokuso filler - 硬い刻苧の充填

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Applying round lengths of hard kokuso filler to corner plate surround. Applying and shaping kokuso with a bamboo spatula.

隅金具の周縁部に丸く伸ばした固い刻苧を入れる。竹のへらで刻苧を整える。

Applying protective coating - 保護塗膜の塗布

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Applying dissolvable plastic coating to edge of metal corner plate and surrounding lacquer surface.

隅金具の端と周囲の漆塗膜を保護するために溶解性プラスチック塗膜を塗布する。

Making shitaji foundation mixture - 下地作り

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Applying shitaji foundation mixture - 下地付け

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Applying thin layer of shitaji (clay and urushi) to provide a smooth surface over the kokuso fill of the corner plate surround.

隅金具の周縁部を充填した刻苧の上になめらかな下地層(粘土と漆)を付ける。

Mixing tin powders for colour testing - 色合わせ用の錫粉の調合

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Preparing for colour testing using light and dark tin powder combined in different ratios.

色合わせのために、濃淡の錫粉を異なった比率の配合で準備する。

Preparing a colour testing strip - 色合わせ用の手板の準備

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Mixing tin powder with shitaji and applying it to a colour testing strip.

下地に錫粉を混ぜ、色合わせ用の手板に塗布する。

Colour toning with diluted urushi - 希釈漆による色の調整

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Preparing diluted urushi and applying it to new restorations to lower mouldings and surround to metal corner plate.

用意した希釈漆を、下辺枠部と隅金具の周縁部の修理箇所に塗布する。

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