Re: [MedievalSawdust] Uses for sand?
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Tim Bray wrote:
>Pretty common practice, although no idea if gesso was used to prep the
>>in the middle ages I'm not sure they would have dreamed of putting paint
>>directly on wood.
> Hmmm... gonna have to check on that. I'm pretty sure I have seen some
> carved work where paint (usually red) was applied to the ground to make the
> tracery stand out better.
surface in those cases.
> Also we should check on polychromed wood statues, and see if all of themPolychromed statues had a varying amount of gesso. Some are fairly
> were gessoed first or not. Some of the later period work, like
> Reimanschneider, is so deeply carved it's hard to imagine gessoing it.
lightly gessoed to allow the carving detail to show through, while
others are more heavily gessoed with the final detailing done in the
gesso layer. The Riemanschneider era carvings were never gessoed, but
got a light coat of tinted oil/varnish to bring out the details.
>> (My understanding is that bare wood is more of an Victorian constructThere seems to have been a shift in taste sometime in the 15th C., since
>>and would not have necessarily met with medieval tastes...).
> Nevertheless, many 15th c. Flemish paintings of interiors clearly show
> unpainted wooden furniture, even in very high-class surroundings.
we start seeing unpainted furniture showing up in copious amounts. This
may have been the result of Classical influence creeping up from Italy
since Italian Renaissance furniture is also unpainted (except for cassoni).
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>Question When was French polish with rotten stone and pumis(sp) start being18th c. is the earliest I've seen reference to it.
French polishing uses shellac. The earliest English reference to shellac
appears to be a 1594 description by a fellow travelling in India, who saw
the locals using it. I have no idea if the Italians or other Europeans
were using it before then - it's quite possible, as the English were
notoriously backward about such things.
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