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Spanish and portuguese gilding threads: characterization using microscopic techniques

Autores: Perez-Rodriguez, J. L.; Albardonedo, A. ; Robador, M. D.; Durán Benito, Adrián (Autor de correspondencia)
ISSN: 1431-9276
Volumen: 24
Número: 5
Páginas: 574 - 590
Fecha de publicación: 2018
Gilding threads collected from Spanish and Portuguese palaces and from the embroideries and adornments of sculptures of the Virgin and Christ that form part of Sevillian Holy Week were analyzed and compared (20 artifacts were evaluated). The study covered a broad time period with examples from the 13th to 14th centuries, 18th to 20th centuries, and also including modern embroideries. A combination of scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy was used. The knowledge of the layered structures of the threads has provided very valuable information regarding the manufacturing techniques. The different metal threads found in the embroidery studied consisted of gold, silver, copper, and alloys of these metals and aluminium. The fabrication procedures often differed in the different workshops and changed with time. In the modern embroideries, a decrease of precious metal concentration was detected. The threads were wound around a core of silk threads.