Vert antique

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A dark brown, black, or green synthetic Patina for bronzes. The black or brown vert antique finishes were made by heating a portion of the bronze with a blow torch then painting the hot metal with an alkaline Potassium sulfide solution. To form greenish or reddish colors, solution of Copper nitrate or Copper sulfate, respectively, are applied (Mayer 1945). Green vert antique finishes have also been simulated using multiple layers of casein paints.

Synonyms and Related Terms

vert-antique; vert antique (Fr.)

Resources and Citations

  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996

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