Current photos of a carved wood Sacred Heart statue we are restoring for a London church; we found a surprise or two...
As we removed the old silicone, we discovered that the hands were not original. They had been replaced with resin casts, possibly from another statue. This explained the poor fit and repair.
The above photo shows the right hand of the statue re-attached. If compared with the position of the hand before repair ( see above left) its possible to see that it has been re-positioned to affect a more naturalistic and elegant gesture.
The photo above shows the preliminary underpainting of the statue - and not the finished colours!
When we are asked to paint a statue to our standard, we always underpaint; as this adds richness to the finished piece. This approach doesn't mean a higher price; it means we respect the sense of dignity these religious artworks deserve.
Lewis and Lewis
is a Catholic family run business: specialising in statue restoration, and church interior projects.
Jeanette is a professional sculptor/fine artist and designer; husband David is a traditional upholsterer/technician.
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