Siamese Chest

Category: Conservation

This lacquered wooden chest features one painted lacquered side and three sides adorned with applied mosaics, including mirror mosaic and shell tiles. The chest, belonging to a private client, arrived in a significantly deteriorated condition, exhibiting multiple losses and surface accretions.

The client’s primary request was for stabilisation and cleaning, to restore the chest as a decorative element for interior use.

Treatment Included:

  • Stabilisation of the lid
  • Cleaning and treating corroded hardware
  • Cleaning and consolidating the glass mirror tesserae
  • Cleaning shell tesserae
  • Cleaning and consolidation of the lacquer
  • Infills and retouching

Treatment included

Clean, consolidate and stabilise


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