Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Art Conservation, M.A., C.A.S.


Art Conservation Department


Emily Hamilton

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First Reader

Jiuan Jiuan Chen

Second Reader

Aaron Shugar

Third Reader

Rebecca Ploeger


Parian ware is a type of hard-paste, biscuit porcelain first manufactured in Victorian England and later in Bennington, Vermont as well. This project studied a Parian vase with Multi-Spectral Imaging and x-ray radiography and analyzed it with x-ray fluorescence (XRF) and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM-EDS). Results suggested a potassium rich clay, a zinc rich cobalt overglaze, and an interior clear lead glaze. Conservation treatment cleaned and compensated for the losses in the vase. Library research did not identify the vase’s place of manufacture; it showed the vase has similar designs as objects in the Elizabeth McCullough Johnson collection and provided a foundation for future research.

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