Lead white, sublimed

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In current usage, sublimed lead white refers to basic lead sulfate. However, in the 19th century sublimed lead white was introduced as a nontoxic white paint pigment that contained a mixture of Lead sulfate, Lead monoxide, and Zinc oxide. Sometimes the mixture also contained Barium sulfate and Chalk. The mixture was also called leaded zinc white.

Synonyms and Related Terms

basic lead sulfate; leaded zinc white; blanco de plomo sublimado (Esp.); branco de chumbo, sublimado (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • 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