King's yellow

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Description

1) An 18th century name for synthetic orpiment, arsenic trisulfide.

2) One reference (Merck Index #5422) also lists king's yellow as a synonym for lead chromate. See chrome yellow.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Königsgelb (Deut.); jaune royal (Fr.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing) Comment: orpiment
  • Susan E. Schur, Conservation Terminology: A review of Past & Current Nomenclature of Materials, Technology and Conservation, Spring (p.34-39); Summer (p.35-38); Fall (p.25-36), 1985 Comment: orpiment
  • R.D. Harley, Artists' Pigments c. 1600-1835, Butterworth Scientific, London, 1982 Comment: orpiment
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997 Comment: orpiment
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: entry 5422: orpiment and chrome yellow

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