conservation and restoration of ethnic art and archaeology



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- restaurare: repare, rebuilt -

As indicated by the translation from Latin; restoration is an intervention, after conservation, on the object to restore it to the ‘original’ state.

We can make a distinction between ‘museal’, ‘two meter’ and ‘integrated’ or extended restoration.

A museal restoration makes it possible to exhibit an object without the need to fix up cracks or lacunas. On the other hand the missing parts can be filled up and inpainted in such way the additions are clearly noticeable.

The ‘two meter’ restoration intends that an object is restored in a way the retouching remains visible, viewed from a distance less than aprox two meter. Viewed from a larger distance, the additions form one whole with the original.

An integrated restoration is performed when it is desirable to make additions as insignificant as possible.

1/ museale restoration with  perspex support to hold the ‘floating’ sherds

2/ museale restoration with clearly visible inpainted fillings

3/ terracotta sculpture before restoration with a part missing on the right upper corner of the head

4/ sculpture after restoration

5/ detail of the filling on which a slight colour difference can be noticed (two meter mode)

6/ integrated restoration







When restoring an art object, one must allways keep in mind to use reversible techniques and products. In other words; all additions, fillings and colouring must remain removable without damaging the object at all time.

All used products are lightfast, age resistent and do not cause any (chemical) reactions.