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Restoring Miniatures

On a visit to Vienna in search of a reputable Miniature restorer, I was told there were one or two.
Unfortunately I could not find even one. Miniature restorers seem to be a very rare breed – and understandably so. Miniature restoration is probably the most intricate category in the field of painting restoration.
As many Miniatures are painted with a water based medium, executed on thin ivory panels and  unvarnished, the margin for error and the spectrum in which corrections can be made in the process of restoration is virtually zero.

If you have a Miniature painting that is damaged, my advise would be, live with it rather than handing it over to an inexperienced enthusiast. Experts in this field are rare.

Bringing back life to these enticing little masterpieces is an art of note.