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Restoration of a Coat of Arms

This Coat of Arms is housed in the Michaelis Collection on Greenmarket Square in Cape Town. It was entirely over-painted. The project was challenging on many levels. The museum was open to the public during the time of refurbishment. In order to provide a thoroughfare for visitors and a platform for the team of restorers to work on, scaffolding had to be erected. After extensive research, headed by the National Gallery’s curator for paintings Hayden Proud, a colour scheme according to historical references was developed . The final result shows a lively combination between gilding and paint finishes.

coat-of-arms-scaffolding

The Coat of Arms before

The Coat of Arms before – close up

 

The final result – after restoration

 

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