Chrome orange

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Chrome orange is a range of orange pigments, which consists of lead(II) chromate and lead(II) oxide. Its composition is Pb2CrO5.

Preparation and applications[edit]

Chrome orange can be made by treating lead(II) salts with an alkaline solution of chromate in a basic solution. It can also be produced by treating chrome yellow (PbCrO4) with strongly basic solution.[1]

It was used in the past as a pigment in paints.

Chrome orange
Chrome orange was used extensively in Frederic Leighton's Flaming June (1895; Museo de Arte de Ponce).[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Völz, Hans G. et al. "Pigments, Inorganic" in Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, 2006 Wiley-VCH, Weinheim. doi:10.1002/14356007.a20_243.pub2.
  2. ^ Color in the Making. London, UK: Black Dog Publishing. 2013. p. 104. ISBN 9781907317958. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Kühn, H. and Curran, M., Chrome Yellow and Other Chromate Pigments, in Artists’ Pigments. A Handbook of Their History and Characteristics, Vol. 1, L. Feller, Ed., Cambridge University Press, London 1986, p. 208 – 211.
  • Chrome Orange at ColourLex