Decorative Arts Projects

Ivory Miniature Portrait

Beautiful portraits were done on thin ivory panels in the 17th – 19th centuries. Many were done in England and France, and they are mostly quite small – about 2-3” tall, often mounted in brooches and pendants. We restore a variety of damage to these panels. In this case the ivory panel had broken, with a small amount of damage to the surrounding image. We adhered the pieces with PVA, and hand painted the small losses with B-72 acrylics and ...

Murano Glass Vase

This Murano glass vase had broken off cleanly at the neck. Adhering it back with our optical epoxy produced an almost invisible repair that is stronger than the original glass. If, God forbid, it should ever break again, our experience shows that it will break along different lines.

Daum Glass Flower Candlesticks

These Daum glass flowers were reassembled with optical epoxy, then filled with a colored optical epoxy and coated to recreate the satin texture of the original. Our rating of repairs called this a “near invisible” repair, which is quite good for glass repairs.

Cast Metal Dancer Figurine

This delicate dancer is, ironically, cast iron.  She broke, as many figurines do, at the weakest, thinnest point, which can be something of a challenge to repair.  We aimed to put it back together stronger than it was originally so that this will not happen again.  Sometimes such pieces can be soldered or welded, but cast iron is not suitable for either – so we elected to install a thick 3/16” bolt going 2” up the leg. We left the ...