19th Century Marble Bust Repair

A client recently purchased a beautiful nineteenth-century Italian bust of a young Roman woman. Unfortunately, it was badly damaged during shipment. The base was broken loose and in two pieces. The head and neck were detached from the shoulders and the drapery was chipped in several places.

Restoration specialist John Allen glued the break in the base with the epoxy and repolished it to the original matte sheen. The chips were filled with colored epoxy paste, carved, sanded to shape, and polished to match the marble exactly. The head was epoxied to the shoulders and the small break line in the chest was filled and sanded and the patina was recreated with artists' colors.


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