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Antique Restoration on Ivory and Items of Interest.

lost wax or investment casting.

Sometimes when a part of the clock is missing and it has to be made either by machine or in this case by the lost wax principle.

If you wish to know how to do this first of all, if you have the broken part, first thing to do is to copy it using latex or silicone rubber otherwise the item can be made by carving the item or copying it in clay.

The ancient Greeks used this principle for copying bronze statues,

For those wishing to see the principal please go to this hyperlink. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost-wax_casting

Below you can see the a clay copy and brass part made from the copy using the lost wax principle.

Lost wax principle

Below you can see the item incorporated in the swag.

Clocks swag

 

18th century Chinese junk

We were asked to undertake the restoration of a fine 18th-century Chinese junk we received a pile of bits with many sections of ivory missing, as ivory is becoming rather a taboo subject around the world, and of course we don't want to see any more elephants killed, therefore we have to be very careful to source old ivory for the restoration work.

Ivory items such as the one you see below generally come from museums and private collections.

Below you can see a photograph of the restored ivory junk.

18th century ivory junk

As you can see the detail right down to the grain on the wood of the hull is quite amazing,

Close-up of detail of ivory restoration

 

14th Century Romanesque Slate Table.

This rather fine 14th century Romanesque slate table which would originally have been part of a floor in a rather grandiose Italian villa.

This floor section now though was being housed in a brass surround and used simply as an incredibly expensive coffee table.

The client phoned up rather distressed to say that somebody had dropped something  rather heavy on one corner and broken it.

Cutting slate is not very easy to say the least, partly because there are many different layers of strata within one slate piece, these pieces tend to crumble and breakaway when it is cut.

Below you can see the new piece of slate fitted within the table, and on the right you can see a photograph of the completed restoration with all the paintwork using original paint pigmentation and marbling techniques of the period.

Slate table before repair        Slate table after repair       14th century Slate table after restoration

When this table was returned to the client they asked "oh which corner did you do" which is praise indeed because they couldn't tell.

Very early 19th century ivory Indian figure.

We are sometimes asked to undertake repairs on small ivory items. Unless you can provides us with old ivory that we can use, we will need to use a substitute. Here is an example of a recent repair of a broken ivory figure.

Below is a picture of a Maharaja circa 1800, three inches high missing a hand.

ivory figure without hand ivory figure with out hand .jpg

This ivory maharajah was finely carved in around 1800 in India and is of the Sikh religion and is probably Ranjit Singh. 

Unfortunately the figure was dropped and the hand broken and lost, we were asked by the owner of this figure to carve a new hand, below you can see the result.

Ivory Figure with new hand ivory figure with hand

This repair was undertaken using an ivory substitute containing bone dust and resin, the carved hand when finished with just over a quarter of an inch long.

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