Spirit of wine varnish

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A protective finish composed of a Natural resin dissolved in Alcohol. Spirit of wine varnish was used in the 18th century as a fast drying finish. Recipes often used a mixture of resins such as Sandarac, Spermaceti, Elemi, and mastic. The finish was used for varnishing gilt leather and picture frames. See Spirit varnish.

Resources and Citations

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996

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