Wood identification of two polychromed baroque candle holders by using and analysing the cross-section of the wooden support

TOMASEVIC posterAuthors: Leona Džaja, Andrea Lacković, Leonarda Miletić, Nađa Tomašević and Lucija Vrdoljak
Mentor: Larisa Aranza, Associate Professor

Department of Conservation-Restoration, Arts Academy of the University of Split (Croatia)
Study programme: Integrated undergraduate and graduate course of study in conservation-restoration
Specialization: Easel paintings and Polychrome wood (3rd year of study)

Two wooden, polychromed and gilded candlesticks were taken to the restoration treatment in the Department for Conservation-Restoration, in a specialized workshop for easel paintings and polychromed wood. It is assumed that candlesticks were manufactured in the same local workshop but the candlesticks' wood condition differs significantly. The wood of candlestick nr.098 shows no signs of decay caused by wood-destroying insects while candlestick nr. 094 has highly damaged wood in the lower part of the object. Given that they are stored under the same humidity and temperature conditions, it is assumed that damage is caused by the selection of different types of wood. The identification of wood species was made by analysing transversely cross-sections under a microscope with the help of the Key for wood determination. It was concluded that damaged candlestick nr. 094 was made of softwood and other was made of hardwood. Based on the size of insects exit holes and faeces, it was possible to determine insect species.

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Short biography
NAĐA TOMAŠEVIĆ was born in Split on March 13th, 1998. She finished 1st Grammar School in Split.
ANDREA LACKOVIĆ was born in Osijek on August 7th, 1997. She finished The School For Applied Arts and Design in Osijek.
LUCIJA VRDOLJAK was born in Split on August 31st, 1996. She finished The School for Design, Graphics and Sustainable Construction.
LEONA DŽAJA was born in Livno on October 13th, 1990. She has a bachelor's degree in Art.
LEONARDA MILETIĆ was born in Zadar on November 13th, 1997. She finished "Grammar School Vladimir Nazor" in Zadar.
They are all 3rd-year students at the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Art Academy in Split.

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