Polychrome Sculpture: Tool Marks and Construction Techniques
1 October 2010

Maastricht, Netherlands - International Council of Museums / Committee for Conservation / SRAL

‘Polychrome Sculpture: Tool Marks and Construction Techniques’ was the first of three Interim Meetings organised by the ICOM-CC Working Group Sculpture, Polychromy, and Architectural Decoration during the period 2010-2013 which focused on construction processes and decorative practice for polychrome sculptures. Papers given at the 2010 meeting covered the study of tool marks found on sculptures that relate to the construction process, whether these be related to the tools used to carve or mould the support or the periphery aids used by artisan carvers in their working practice, such as work benches or clamps. Registering, documenting and investigating the evidence of the working process can give insight into studio practice and if a large enough body of evidence is collected, may even provide tentative attribution to a specific studio or workshop. The meeting was hosted by the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), in Maastricht and was attended by around 60 international specialists in the field of polychrome sculpture. Volume I of this compendium includes six of the nine papers and four of the five posters presented at the meeting.

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