PORCELAIN

Meissen Porcelain Candelabra

Before Restoration Image
This image shows this Meissen porcelain candelabra one of a pair with seven arms, belonging to Government House, Sydney. It’s hard to see from the image but there are several small missing petals, broken petals and yellowed, old restoration on this piece.

During restoration image
All restoration starts with cleaning (sometimes structural strengthening precludes cleaning if the condition is very weak).This image shows the candelabra taken apart and cleaned off from old restoration and accumulated surface dirt. This image shows best just how many small pieces this candelabra is made of and the various broken petals can be seen spread out.

After restoration image
This image shows the restored candelabra with all seven arms assembled. This fine Meissen porcelain piece has beautiful pastel colouring and super fine modelling of all the flowers with extremely thin walls. We have restored the other piece of the pair as well and they’re now returned to Government House and could be seen on the mantel piece in the grand drawing room.

Chinese Blue and White Charger

Before restoration image
This photo shows a broken Chinese blue and white charger. It came to us with its pair. The two of them rolled off a shelf into two direction. Most of the larger pieces were still there but some shattered so much that it could not be reused in the reconstruction.

After restoration image
The same charger after the restoration was finished. Usually the hardest part is the finish to achieve. Blending in the new with the old has several issues: the first is the matching of the colour, the second is the matching of the levels. Sometimes porcelain carries stress more...

inside it and when it released during the break the pieces will not fit together seamlessly anymore. It was the case in these large chargers as well. The third issue is the matching of the sheen. It’s easy to see if the old porcelain shinier than the new parts so great care have to be taken to match that as well.

Contemporary Terracotta Plaque

Before Restoration Image
This image shows a broken contemporary terracotta plaque before the restoration.
Unfortunately, it broke into three pieces during a move. The wall of the terracotta is very thin, and the packaging wasn’t done correctly to protect the artwork.

During restoration image
This photo shows the restored artwork. We have added super fine fibreglass on the back to add strength to the piece and prevent the break happening again.

Terracotta Pot

Before restoration image
This terracotta pot is deceptively small from the photo but in real life it’s a huge Italian urn that had a tree planted in it. Someone has reversed into it and it has broken to pieces. The measurement is taller than 1m and was extremely heavy to lift. Fortunately, most of the large pieces were still available but some smaller shards could not be reused.

During restoration image
This is the during restoration photo. The large pieces had been glued back into position and most of small holes had been filled. Now only the finish needs to be done.

After restoration image
This picture shows the finished urn with its unique finish. We have added fibre glass to the interior as the weight of the soil and the tree would be considerable. The tree roots will put pressure on the walls as they will grow bigger so added strength needed in this case.

“Inhof Restoration were an absolute delight to work with. With their help my beautiful Gilt Victorian Console Table which was left to me by my parents is back to it’s original beauty. Thanks Attila and Cecilia”

ROSS KIRWAN, BROVIO