CERAMICS

Song Dynasty celadon bowl

Song Dynasty celadon bowl

This intricate, thousand-year old stoneware bowl was broken in seven pieces.

Song Dynasty celadon bowl

Song Dynasty celadon bowl

After treatment. This repair employed a very conservative use of reversible adhesives.

Pre columbian jar

Pre columbian jar

The chipped areas of the rim had been lost.

Pre columbian jar

Pre columbian jar

After treatment. The chips were filled with ceramic conservation putty, and airbrushed and hand-painted to match the original surface.

Chien ware tea bowl, Song Dynasty

Chien ware tea bowl, Song Dynasty

The silver rim of this bowl was badly bent when the ceramic broke.

Chien ware tea bowl, Song Dynasty

Chien ware tea bowl, Song Dynasty

After the ceramic was repaired, the silver rim was carefully shaped back into a circle, and re-attached to the bowl.

Meissen dinner plates

Meissen dinner plates

Porcelain dinnerware can be repaired and filled.

Meissen dinner plates

Meissen dinner plates

After treatment. The break lines are evident upon careful inspection, because the surface treatments were kept to a minimum to keep the plates functional as food service pieces.

Antique American crock

Antique American crock

Before treatment: wide crack in side

Antique American crock

Antique American crock

After treatment: crack sealed, filled, and colored

MacKenzie-Childs rabbit table base

MacKenzie-Childs rabbit table base

This was used as a children's table, and over many years, eight of the ten rabbit ears had been badly broken and repaired.

MacKenzie-Childs rabbit table base

MacKenzie-Childs rabbit table base

Many of the ears had been repaired multiple times, with several types of glue.

MacKenzie-Childs rabbit table base

MacKenzie-Childs rabbit table base

Some of the breaks were stable enough to leave in place and improve, and some of them were taken apart and re-adhered. They were all fully restored.

MacKenzie-Childs rabbit table base

MacKenzie-Childs rabbit table base

After treatment

Pre columbian figure

Pre columbian figure

Earthenware is fired at a very low temperature, and the clay body is very porous. Usually, the break surfaces need to be sealed before they are adhered.

Pre columbian figure

Pre columbian figure

Fills are made with pigmented resins, which are sparingly touched in to blend with the original material.

Large Chinese vase

Large Chinese vase

Sometimes the first step with a project is to diagnose whether there is any missing material.

Large Chinese vase during repair

Large Chinese vase during repair

Temporarily taping an object together can help determine whether any pieces are missing. This vase was missing a piece at the shoulder.

Large Chinese vase after repair

Large Chinese vase after repair

After the vase was repaired, the missing piece was hand-built, then hand-painted with color-matched pigments to complete the design.

Wedgwood stein

Wedgwood stein

A large section of this stein's base was missing. A silicone mold was made of the opposite side of the base, then the missing piece was cast in place, and colored to match the original glazes.

Ironstone platter

Ironstone platter

These old repairs were removed with solvent gels, gentle heat, and dental picks.

Ironstone platter (detail)

Ironstone platter (detail)

Cracks were sealed, and their surfaces were filled, burnished, and airbrushed.

Pre columbian jug

Pre columbian jug

During treatment: For archaeological ceramics, sometimes the goal is not to entirely hide the evidence of a repair, but simply to make the damage visually recede.

Pre columbian jug

Pre columbian jug

After treatment: The heavily chipped break lines of this earthenware were filled and touched in by hand, but the breaks were left visible.

Porcelain tea pot

Porcelain tea pot

Repaired ceramic can no longer be used to hold boiling water.

porcelain coffee pot after restoration

porcelain coffee pot after restoration

Restored teapots can be repaired for display as decorative art.

Roseville ewer

Roseville ewer

The small amount of broken surface area and cantilevered weight of the broken piece of this ewer necessitated the use of a strong and stable adhesive.

Roseville ewer

Roseville ewer

After treatment

Small porcelain jar with lid before

Small porcelain jar with lid before

The lid to this sentimental jar had been repaired and completely overpainted.

Small porcelain jar with lid after

Small porcelain jar with lid after

The old overpainting was stripped back to reveal the underlying glaze, and the repairs were carefully executed to necessitate only a small and localized amount of restorative color

Modern Mexican earthenware lizard

Modern Mexican earthenware lizard

Typically, original chips are used in a restoration if they are larger than a grain of rice -- and especially if they contain surface design.

Mexican lizard after treatment

Mexican lizard after treatment

After treatment.

Ancient Greek amphora

Ancient Greek amphora

A small handle was missing and lost from one side of this amphora.

Ancient Greek amphora

Ancient Greek amphora

This is a new handle, made by molding and casting the identical one on the other side of the form, then carefully painting it to match the color and matte finish of the original surface.

Ancient amphora

Ancient amphora

After treatment, showing both handles in place. The new one is on the right.

Modern stoneware vase

Modern stoneware vase

Before treatment

Modern stoneware vase

Modern stoneware vase

After treatment.

Folk Art jug lamp

Folk Art jug lamp

The painted surface of this jug was severely abraded and rubbed down.

Folk Art jug lamp

Folk Art jug lamp

The picture was completed using original color flakes as guides. But at the client's request. the layers of hand oil from a loved one were left on the neck of the lamp.

Early 20th c. ceramic leprechaun

Early 20th c. ceramic leprechaun

This sentimental figure was broken and mourned by its owner.

Early 20th c. ceramic leprechaun

Early 20th c. ceramic leprechaun

Then its owner's spouse had it restored as a surprise gift.

1950s Napco ceramic head vase

1950s Napco ceramic head vase

This sentimental inheritance from a mother was a delicate, multi-part restoration.

Neolithic Chinese Cup

Neolithic Chinese Cup

The Dawenkou culture existed in China between about 4000 BCE and 2500 BCE. The walls of this very fine Dawenkou cup are eggshell thin, very sandy, and barely fired. The most conservative methods and reversible materials are critical to the ethical treatment of these Neolithic ceramics.

Parisian harlequin lamp

Parisian harlequin lamp

The owner of this lamp wanted the pipe and wiring removed, to turn the base into a sculpture. After grinding down the lamp connection, the top of the hat was rebuilt and colored to match the original ceramic.

Modern ceramic bird pair

Modern ceramic bird pair

Small missing pieces of ceramic are hand-built with pigmented resins, then burnished and colored to blend them with an original surface.

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On the west side of Cayuga Lake, nine miles from downtown Ithaca, NY

Conservation and restoration of antique and contemporary art objects, including sculpture, decorative arts, picture frames, ceramics, plaster, marble, ivory, metal, and wood.

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