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For many years, we have worked in the area of conservation and restoration of metallic objects, antique gold artefacts, religious furnishing, ivories, bronze monuments, archaeological pieces, stained glass structures, weapons and armour.
Our strategic approach to repair work involves preliminary precision analysis to establish every single element and piece of information we need to create an accurate and finely detailed project map, mindful of the historical contexts of the pieces as well as the values they express. Generally, we clean, replace and strengthen in a non-invasive, not aggressive fashion with repair work that will not deteriorate, is potentially reversible and is based on the most contemporary procedures outlined in the “Carta del Restauro” principles. In-depth understanding of traditional materials and techniques in conjunction with research and experimentation of new repair work practices, including the use of laser technology, ensures an exceptionally high standard of quality workmanship evidenced by the increasing demand for our services from prestigious museums, dioceses and private collectors.
Firstly, each piece entrusted to us for restoration is assigned a data sheet to record every single detail of the object; the type, the ownership, the manufacturer and if known, the artist, as well as the use of the artefact, religious or secular, the era, and most importantly its condition. In addition, every artefact is photographed.
To draw up an accurate repair conservation map of the artefact we firstly carry out several sample tests to check the quality of the veneers and their stability.
Therefore, once the dismantling and the project map of the pieces are finished we start the strengthening, cleaning and the preservation processes for the noble patina.
In many case the use of laser technology has proven highly successful in maintaining some types of time-worn veneers, and it has been used to save parts specifically made from fabrics which would have deteriorated if chemical agents had been used.
In the case of the shield from the “Central Museum of the Risorgimento”, not only did the Laser preserve the smooth red velvet fabric it also revealed the gilding which had covered the entire piece.
During the restoration of the Holy Door, the use of laser technology also ensured the preservation of the noble patina.
A series of detailed photographs documents the whole repair operation right up to complete reassembly of the piece to the layering of the final protective coating.