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“The only way Man can communicate with things, is through knowledge and love.”
Ernest Renan

Here at Creatiss, we can also offer you our expertise in restoring your ancient objects and artefacts, works of art, pieces of furniture or valuable ornaments.

On a regular basis, we intend to present you with some of the most successful and beautiful examples of our restoration work.
An object’s value is also represented in the eye or in the heart of its owner.
Undertaking the restoration of works of art is first and foremost a strictly meticulous act which delves into the very quintessence of an ancient savoir-faire, passed down through the years from man to man.

This month we would like to present you with the following pieces: one period sofa, a Talosel mirror and the technique employed in restoring each of them.

Technique for repairing a period sofa

The technique employed in repairing objects made out of gilded wood and wearing the effect of time is the same technique originally used for traditional gilding, nowadays known as “water-gilding” on red bole.

  1. It is first vital to remove any loose parts that are coming unstuck.
  2. For the next step, gesso is applied. This is a substance made up of Blanc de Meudon whiting and rabbit skin glue, more commonly known in the profession as “gros blanc” in French, and it is used to fill in any holes or spaces remaining after removal of loose parts.
  3. All the segments newly filled with gesso are sanded down using fine-grained sandpaper (150 to 240 grain) and smoothed.
  4. 2 to 3 layers of red primer or “Armenian Bole” are applied with a sable brush to the repaired segments, and left to dry.
  5. Using a gilding palette knife, 22 carat “Versailles” yellow gold leaves are applied by moistening the red bole with a mixture of 50% water and 50% 45°alcohol; this is to activate the rabbit skin glue mixed in with the bole.
  6. Once drying-time is completed, the touched-up segments are polished with an agate stone in order to bring out their lustre.

Repairing a Line Vautrin Talosel mirror

  1. Any broken parts of the mirror that require re-gluing are assembled, their original places determined and all missing segments that require replicating are duly noted.
  2. The broken segments are stuck back in their original places using a strong, transparent glue (such as epoxy, cyanoacrylate, etc.)
  3. The missing segments are recreated using a transparent resin plus metallic powders and pigments, taking care to follow the same graphic style and texture as the original material, against which the newly made segments will be attached.
  4. The new segments are cut out and adjusted in order to match the colour and shape of the original missing parts.
  5. The recreated pieces are stuck down and left to dry.
  6. Once drying-time is completed, the newly made segments are finely sanded down using abrasive powder and a cotton ball in order to obtain an overall even lustre.