Samian Ware bowl, decorated with ovolu decoration and zig zag line, below which is a figurative scene consisting of deers, trees, birds, a hind, another four-legged animal, and leaves on the ground. The design is repeated. Reconstructed from fragments. No stamp. The British Museum collections database categorizes it as Dragendorff Type 37. The bowl was found during an 1871 excavation of Poultry Lane in London.
A conservator in the 1990s had filled three areas of loss with Paraloid B-72 bulked with glass microballoons. These fills were unsightly and lumpy. Because the bowl was part of a major international loan, the curator wanted large areas of loss filled. Repeating motifs along the bowl were replicated, but unknown areas were left smooth.
The previous B-72 fills were surfaced with Flugger, an acrylic fine-surface filler. The ovolu and zigzag patterns were built up in layers of dilute Flugger.
The large area of loss was filled using a detachable plaster fill. Dental wax was used to make a mold of an area of the bowl to fill against. The join edges were covered with aluminum foil to protect the ceramic during the mold-making process.
The fills were sanded with Glass paper and MicroMesh, high-grade epoxy abrasive papers. They were then in-painted with Golden Acrylic paints and covered with Golden Acrylic Porcelain Restoration Glaze. Because the surface of the bowl is not as shiny as the surface given by the restoration glaze, the fills were buffed slightly with pumice powder.