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Maiolica Madness: Conserving a tin-glazed maiolica dish from Savona, Italy for The Courtauld Gallery, London

Posted on 9th August 2019

In 2018, we were delighted to be asked by The Courtauld Gallery in London during their temporary closure for a major refurbishment known as 'Courtauld Connects', to treat a large maiolica dish, possibly made in the 17th century in Savona, Italy. The dish had been previously restored, and after an unknown number of years, the adhesive had begun to fail. Read the full blog by students Derrin Compton, Rosie Blay, Kate Galatian and Shawn Kwan.

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