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The Use of a Copper Green Oil Paint in the Interiors of Eidsvoll Manor in Norway: Analysis of a Discoloured Architectural Paint from 1814

  • Edwin VerweijEmail author
  • Ulrich Schade
  • Hartmut Kutzke
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Part of the Cultural Heritage Science book series (CUHESC)

Abstract

The late eighteenth century Eidsvoll manor house in Norway was modernised in the first two decades of the nineteenth century. The house and its interiors were colour examined during an architectural paint research. Two colour schemes from the early nineteenth century were found; a light greyish lead white and a green copper-based oil paint. The green colour scheme had discoloured severely. In this paper we discuss the results of synchrotron based infrared spectroscopy experiments on the green paint, which consisted of a verdigris pigment used in oil with lead white and chalk. The analytical results are compared with contemporary recipes found in painters’ handbooks around 1800 and seems to be darker than any recipe provided.

Keywords

Verdigris pigment Metal soap Synchrotron infrared spectroscopy 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany for allocation of synchrotron beam time. A travel grant provided by the SYNKNØYT program of the Norwegian Research Council (project number 143564) for one of the authors (HK) is gratefully acknowledged. Thanks also to NIKU, for funding additional analysis (project number 15620301-21) for the Eidsvoll project, Jon Brænne, for providing copies of Scandinavian painters’ handbooks found at archives and libraries and personal communication, Helena Grundberg, for help with the translation of the Swedish manuscript and Annelies van Loon for discussions on the use and ageing of verdigris.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage ResearchOsloNorway
  2. 2.Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Institute Methods for Material DevelopmentBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Museum of Cultural HistoryUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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