Decorative Arts Projects

Blue Glass Pitcher

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American glass from the 18th and 19th centuries has become an intensely collected field. We have worked with many examples of early American glass. This pitcher needed reconstruction and some small fills along the lines of breakage. The soda-lime glass is a good match for the refractive index of our optical epoxy, and the repair is quite inconspicuous.

Outdoor Lantern

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This outdoor lantern was one of a pair, made from sheet iron and copper, both in very similar condition: the door hinges, and most of the door frames, had rusted through. This eventually deposited the front glass panels on the ground in pieces. There was a good deal of rust and corrosion overall. They had been fixtures in the yard for so many years that they had been overlooked – and the new owners wanted them still looking like they ...

Ivory Miniature Portrait

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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

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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.

Cast Metal Dancer Figurine

Dancer sculpture before 900 baf

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 ...