Conf/CfP - European Lacquer in Context, 18-19 January 2018, Belgium

Publish Date: May 23, 2017

Deadline: Jun 04, 2017

European Lacquer in Context (ELinC)

In 16th-century Europe, the ever-growing overseas trade sparked, among others, the fascination for oriental lacquerware. This, in turn, gave rise to a rich tradition by European craftsmen of imitating these luxury items, using locally available materials and techniques. These European lacquers closely resembled Eastern lacquerware, although their chemical composition is very different. European lacquers not only provided an answer to the great demand for Eastern lacquerware, but also encompassed a technique for imitating natural materials and producing the famous Vernis Martin

In 2014 the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), the University of Antwerp (UA, Department of Conservation Studies) and the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH) joined forces to study European lacquers on an art-historical, technological and chemical level: the European Lacquer in Context (ELinC) project. At the end of this 4-year BRAIN-project financed by the Belgian Science Policy Office, a conference will be organised to share experiences, new insights and results concerning the history, technology, preservation, conservation treatment and analysis of European lacquer.
This conference will provide a platform for discussion on the topic of European lacquer for emerging (students and young professionals) and established conservators, restorers, art history researchers, analytical scientists and everybody else with an interest in European lacquers. 

The ELinC conference will be held in Brussels. The following is a suggestive and non-exhaustive list of topics of interest for this conference. Especially contributions concerning interdisciplinary studies are encouraged, with a focus on the period between the 17th and the end of the 19th century.

  • Case studies concerning the conservation and restoration of European lacquers
  • Art-historical studies on European lacquers
  • Technological studies on lacquered objects
  • Art-technological sources (research, interpretation,…)
  • Analytical challenges and strategies in the identification of lacquer composition
  • Historical reconstructions (experiences, evaluation)
  • Contextualisation of workshops, guilds, production, …
  • Trade in European lacquerware
  • Lacquer production and industrialisation in the long 19th century
  • Restoration history of lacquerware
  • Chemical and physical alterations of lacquer upon ageing
  • Imaging techniques for lacquerware and related finishing layers

Local organizing committee

Royal Institute for Cultural HeritageUniversity of AntwerpRoyal Museums of Art and History
Steven Saverwyns Charles Indekeu  Emile van Binnebeke
Wim Fremout  Vincent Cattersel    Delphine Steyaert
Louise Decq    Joost Caen Sylvie Parein
Edwin De Roock    

International scientific committee

Ria Fabri University of Antwerp (Antwerp, Belgium)
Monika Kopplin Museum of Lacquer Art (Munster, Germany)
Andreas Krupa Technische Hochschule Köln (Cologne, Germany)
Barbara Piert-Borgers Free-lance conservator (Cologne, Germany)
Michael Schilling Getty Conservation Institute (Los Angeles, USA)
Klaas Jan van den Berg Cultural Heritage Agency (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Henk van Keulen Cultural Heritage Agency (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Katharina von Miller Bayerisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege (Munich, Germany)
Marianne Webb Free-lance conservator (Ottawa, Canada)
Frederic Lynen Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium)

You can register online with the form below; you can also register during the conference venue.

Registration Fee

Full registration fee for participants:

  • € 150 (early bird, before October 15, 2017)
  • € 200 (after October 15, 2017) 

Reduced registration fee for students (an official proof of student status must be sent to Student registration is available for undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students ONLY. The number of reduced fees for students is limited and they will be attributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • € 100 (early bird, before October 15, 2017)
  • € 150 (after October 15, 2017)

The registration fee should be fully paid by wire transfer to KIK-IRPA (details at the bottom of the page)

Contributed papers covering original work on the topics of the ELinC-conference will be accepted for presentation, either as oral or poster. In order to make a preliminary selection, a short abstract (max: 1 A4 page) describing the purpose of the work, the principal results, and the most important conclusions should be submitted by June 4, 2017.

The format of abstract submission should be as follows:

  • Microsoft WORD document, single spaced, margins: 3 cm
  • Title: in small capital letters with Calibri 14 pt
  • Authors, affiliation, e-mail address and abstract: in Calibri 12 pt, single line spacing and justified
  • References at the end of the abstract

For the most convenient preparation of an Abstract, a template document was prepared by the organizers, and can be found on the official website. The abstract has to be sent by email to

The language of the conference is English.


Contributed presentations will be limited to 20 minutes. Keynote lectures will be 30 minutes. Discussions will take place after each session (15 minutes for all speakers of that session).

Presenting authors should bring their presentations as PowerPoint or PDF-files on a memory stick. They are kindly requested to check in advance (the day before their presentation or at least before the beginning of the session to which they are contributing) with the person in charge of loading their presentations on the computer.


Posters should be on display during the two-day symposium. The following rules apply to the preparation of posters: 

  • Posters should be prepared in English.
  • Posters should be prepared in advance and brought to the conference by the author. Do not mail your poster.
  • Posters must be printed in A0 format (1189mm x 841mm HxW; portrait format)
  • Materials to fix posters on boards will be provided in the poster area.
  • Posters left on the display boards will not be mailed to the authors after the conference.

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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