Inpainting register and relief lines on Attic vases

Tony Sigel


Inpainting losses of linear decoration on Attic and other pottery, both the decorative register lines that follow the circumference and the extremely fine, raised lines of figural decoration, is difficult to do well. Whether or not the restored losses are made intentionally visible or approach invisibility and closely match the original, the quality of your work must equal that of the original, or it may be distracting and even disfiguring. Using the example of a recently treated Attic kylix, the author will present the techniques, tools, and materials he has used to accomplish these tasks.

KEYWORDS: Losses, Inpainting, Compensation, Restoration, Originality, Visual coherence, Raised lines, Register lines, Attic, Ceramic

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