Our next project consists of two lovely antique statues from Mayers of Munich. The decorative surfaces have some damage, and they need cleaning up. Needless to say, the face of the virgin has suffered a poor make over at some point.
One of the more difficult aspects of restoring statues like these is addressing the areas of gold which have been "touched up" over the years with mismatched foils and paints.
We observed that the gemstones have been painted with something resembling plasticote, and (horror of horrors), it appears an indelible marker used to fill in part of the design. The original detail in the top right hand corner has been poorly observed ( see below.)
We will post the results . so come back soon!
Liturgical artist/restorer. Bachelor of Art and Design, Catholic Blogger
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