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REMOVING DISCOLOURED VARNISH FROM AN OIL PAINTING

    Removing discoloured varnish from an oil painting When removing varnish from a painting one winds a small ball of cotton wool around a wooden stick to form a cotton bud. This is then dipped into the solvent and disposed onto the varnished surface […]

Replacing Missing Ornaments on Period Picture Frames

Most frames, we regard as “old” were crafted by hand. Ornaments, made of “Compo” ( Gesso* with a dow like consistency), are adhered onto a wooden profile and then finished off with a water or oil gilding technique. Over time, through changes in humidity and […]

A Variety of Tasks

Recent visitors to the Studio A small bronze Buddha sculpture A 19th century portrait – oil on canvas A contemporary South African sculpture Art comes in all forms and sizes for treatment. The variety of artistic expression is simply amazing. Craftsmanship paired with creativity and […]

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 […]

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Restoration of Sculptures

Whilst in transit, sculptures, because of their size, dimensions or physical make up, are difficult to handle. Frequently objects get damaged during the move. Transport in general requires adequate packaging, crating and careful handling. Here the unfortunate incidence whereby a fork lift was driven into […]

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 […]

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Early cases of plastic surgery

It does not happen often, but ever now and again one of those cases comes along. Here someone did not like the original looks of the woman portrayed. The area of the face was completely over-painted. It was made to look much younger and slimmer. […]