Etude et nettoyage non-destructifs d'une pièce d'orfévrerie mérovingienne provenant de Saint-Denis (Seine)

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Journal Article


Weill, A.R.;


Studies in conservation, Volume 4, Number 4, p.121-126 (1959)


buckles, France (Saint-Denis), gold, Merovingian, niello, silvering, x-ray diffraction


To investigate the tarnishing of a silver-gilt buckle, the nondestructive technique of x-ray diffraction was used on one of its three parts and on a replica of it in nitrocellulose. The decomposition products of the niello were removed with the replica, restoring to the gold surface its original brilliance.