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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

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 insight […]

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 […]