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Arts 2013, 2(3), 111-123; doi:10.3390/arts2030111
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Lacquerware Pigment Identification with Fixed and Mobile Raman Microspectrometers: A Potential Technique to Differentiate Original/Fake Artworks

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Received: 3 June 2013; in revised form: 6 July 2013 / Accepted: 9 July 2013 / Published: 15 July 2013
(This article belongs to the Section History of Arts)
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Abstract: (FT) Raman spectroscopy is used for the first time to identify pigments used in 19th & 20th century Japanese and Vietnamese Lacquerwares. IR spectroscopy is used to assess the Lacquer matrix. Different operative conditions and parameters were experimented with on a limited number of lacquerwares in order to determine the optimal procedure for the identification of pigments/dyes as potential chronological or technological markers. The test was then performed in the collector’s rooms with a mobile Raman set-up. Different pigments (vermilion, Prussian Blue, Naples Yellow, Phtalocyanine Blue, anatase, rutile, chalk, carbon black) were identified despite a strong fluorescence and a rapid degradation of both pigments and binder under increasing laser power. Better spectra were obtained on older lacquerwares.
Keywords: pigment; lacquerware; Japan; Vietnam; mobile; identification; IR; Raman; spectroscopy pigment; lacquerware; Japan; Vietnam; mobile; identification; IR; Raman; spectroscopy
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MDPI and ACS Style

Colomban, P.; Mancini, D. Lacquerware Pigment Identification with Fixed and Mobile Raman Microspectrometers: A Potential Technique to Differentiate Original/Fake Artworks. Arts 2013, 2, 111-123.

AMA Style

Colomban P, Mancini D. Lacquerware Pigment Identification with Fixed and Mobile Raman Microspectrometers: A Potential Technique to Differentiate Original/Fake Artworks. Arts. 2013; 2(3):111-123.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Colomban, Philippe; Mancini, Diana. 2013. "Lacquerware Pigment Identification with Fixed and Mobile Raman Microspectrometers: A Potential Technique to Differentiate Original/Fake Artworks." Arts 2, no. 3: 111-123.

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