The art of restoration

I decided to provide here examples of successful restoration work. It is important to know what these artists can do to restore integrity to an object. There is always a frontier between restoring, and deceiving. An object, along its traditional life will undergo wear, breaks and repairs. From time to time, a major break (that can even happen in a collector's home) is destroying the integrity of the object. It is therefore time to call one of these "magicians", the restorers.

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A XIX Century stone carved South New Ireland club, originally from Cape Giori area.

One of the rarest form of New Ireland clubs, not to be mistaken with the ones from New Britain with similar shapes. In the late XIX cent Parkinson himself  failed to collect any, despite his hunt for them. This club, with dumbbell shape, had a severe damage on one tip of blade, and a hole has been drilled next to to the other tip, maybe to hang it on the wall in a UK home.

Before restoration

After restoration


Pre columbian Mapuche Clava.

Stone artifact, about 1000 years old. Object of Power from Mapuche Indians, South of Chile. The geometric design is linked to a Lunar calendar.

This wonderfull clava was very severly dammaged during its travel between two collectors home. The "mouth part" was entirely destroyed. Fortunately, pictures taken before the accident were available. Then, an artist-restorer did a fantastic job. She reconstructed the missing stone  entirely, and based on older images gave back its pristine youth. Note that inspection with a binocular will show you that the calcifications and other various mineral state that you can view on other part of the piece are missing. It is not possible to hide the restoration to a scientific investigation. With naked eye, impossible to see the difference.


 Before restoration After restoration



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