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The vase sustained numerous damages as shown on the images.
This peculiar Italian faience vase ,made betwen 1868 - 1903 sustained serious damages in 1930s,was glued with organic glue which turned red -brown over the years. It still looked beautiful , hand painted ornaments with weirdly looking ,one -winged and fish -tailed sirens with their heads growing on their long, arm - like necks …
When the vase fell , the lover part became completely detached from the upper ,the middle section splintered into about 15 fragments of different size and shape, three of them became lost. The owner requested the vase to be restored so that "it wouldn't look so ugly", no definite type of restoration was mentioned.
The ornamental lid on the top of the neck became damaged as well ,with small parts missing(8)
Image 9 shows a close up shot of the damaged hand painted area, the network of the cracks are marked with Blue Arrow and letter D.
25,25a - All gaps filled and leveled.26 - Several layers of tinted layers of paint applied. The ornamentation matching the original pattern has been drawn by hand using a pen and black tinted acrylics.
Image 10 shows the view from inside, sections A,B and C with missing fragments marked with Red Arrows. Section B had a piece of alien pottery attached to cover the hole and to cover the missing original small part .
Image 11 shows the edge of the larger part after dismantling of old repair with steam. The glue changed color again, became soft and paste like with tendency to harden again.. Image 12 shows the vase with all parts loose and cleaned completely from old glue. Image 12 A shows the structure of given pottery type. Majolica, soft earthware type body covered with hard shell of hardened enamel - like layer of translucent glaze with hand painted motives on its surface.
Image 12B shows the part being treated with some solution allowing to consolidate and to seal the sponge-like porous surface along the edges of the earthenware body prior to bonding with epoxy based glue. All parts were treated like that to ensure proper assembling (im.13)
Image 14 shows the damaged rim of the vase's neck.
Images 15 and 16 show preliminary test assembling of all loose parts without glue. Orientation Marks placed on some pieces.
Assembling. All parts being placed into proper positions ,glued ,cracks sealed. Arrows show areas to be treated .Areas A,B,C to be filled with appropriate filler to fill the gaps. The series or cracks marked D before (17) and after (18) filling with fine filler to even the surfaces. Image 18 also shows the beginning of the filling of the gaps A,B .Area C is already filled completely and leveled with surface of the object's body..
Image 22 - all cracks and holes filled, leveled and grinned with fine abrasives ,low viscosity transparent glue applied over to complete the sealing and to make the treated surfaces ready for over painting. .
23,24 - Restoration of the fragmented rim of the neck. Attaching, sealing, filing the gaps. Polishing.
Assembling. Images 19 , 20 show closely the process of filling of the gap and surface leveling ,section A.
27,28... Restoration of one of the broken supporting legs in process. Some glaze will be sprayed over later.
29,30... The rim restored completely. Full match of the pattern and coloration of the restored section with original . Properly tinted glaze applied over previous layers of matching color makes it really difficult from any angle to distinguish the restored area from the intact original area on this part of the vase.
31,32... Note- the paint was applied only locally over the damaged section where it was needed. No over spraying of intact section.
Images 33- 34 show the close view on the restored hand painted sections .Full color and pattern match. The crack line D has been mostly concealed ,some small sections of the cracks are still visible. Overall ,the whole thing looks much better than before (im33A)
This was not supposed to be an "invisible" repair. Just partially "invisible", just to make the vase look "not so ugly"- as was requested.
The lower part, the "belly" of the vase after restoration. All surfaces even, no holes or cracks. The translucent top glaze tinted appropriately to match the color of original .Areas A,B became invisible.Image 40 shows the inside view after restoration.