Performance and Stability of Historic Casein Formaldehyde

Kaner, Jake; Ioras, Florin and Ratnasingam, Jega (2017) Performance and Stability of Historic Casein Formaldehyde. e-plastory (2). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2190-9598

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Abstract

Casein formaldehyde was manufactured between 1904 and 1982 in Western Europe both by International Galalith Gesellschaft (IGG) and Erinoid Ltd. (amongst others). Charles Rennie Mackintosh used it in his designs for furniture commissioned by Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke. Casein formaldehyde may be identified through a range of simple and analytical methods available to most conservators in private and public practice. We can control the loss of colour and protect the surface finish by minimising light exposure. Material, aged and distorted, may be reversed if the correct conservation procedures are observed and implemented.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Casein formaldeyde, early plastics, Erinoid, Galalith, furniture design, Wenman Joseph Bassett-Lowke, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Peter Behrens, Knockaloe, 78 Derngate House, New Ways House, Northampton, identification, ageing, conservation.
Members: Bucks New University
Depositing User: RED Unit Admin
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 09:53
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2017 15:49
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/15903

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