Antique Clock Face Restoration

This is the type of clock that was made in the Netherlands circa 1850. The central image represents a coastal castle and includes two ornate swans in the water. In the arch, the recessed middle section includes a well-to-do home with guards flanking on the left and right sections. At the top of the arch is a run of houses and a sight we are very familiar with: windmills.

The clock face uses a heavy sheet metal with a substantial amount of copper, which is very a good paint surface. However, this surface has a few issues going on: heavy dirt particulates across the surface, and areas of paint loss, and areas of gilding loss.

We will carefully clean the clock face and in-paint and in-gild where losses have occurred. Stay tuned for more…

Alabaster Bust by Lombardi

This bust suffers from several dings and a detached section on the back at the area of the child’s bow. While there is dirt particulates across the surface, the strong discoloration is likely a product of the type of stone used which is alabaster.

The bust will be carefully cleaned and the detached part of the bow will be reattached. There is a wonderful display of delicate sculptor-work along the child’s blouse with an intricate design on the clothing, and the cleaning is helping to bring this out. The craftsmanship of the work continues to the bonnet and how it renders a realistic weight to the fabric.

Stay tuned for more…

Chinese Diorama Depicting Lunar New Year

After some research we believe this to be an 18th century diorama from Macau, depicting the Lunar New Year. There is a considerable amount of dirt particulates over the shadow box and the diorama. Several of the people, houses, fencing, and other objects in the diorama have become detached due to a failed adhesive. Some pieces have completely fallen off and present a sort of jigsaw problem to figure out where they belong. The shadow box is comprised of wood that is dry and has lost its strength, and the top end that keeps the glass in place has degraded and is no longer stable. Early cleaning has had a big impact in part due to the age of the artwork and the amount of texture for the particulates to cling to. Stay tuned for more…

Tile Panel on Copper Mount

This project came in as a damaged copper mount, that had been used to showcase a tile panel, and replacement tiles from the same manufacturer as the original tiles. As you can see in the photographs, the panel suffered significant warping along one of the edges. Straightening it out was outsourced to a metal specialist. Only after that was it realized that the new tile panel has a slightly larger dimension and would not fit. A new copper panel was made to the correct specifications and the new tiles were put into place with a restorer’s adhesive. The original copper mount had a substantial bracket that allows it to securely attach to a ¬†wall. This was transferred to the new copper mount.

The tiles are from Sant’ Anna in Lisbon, Portugal, established in 1741.