A Chinese late 18th - early 19th century stone plaque. Inlaid
on both sides with different types of stone, different types of
wood, horn, mother of pearl and ivory or bone.
Ø = 23cm.
The plaque was very dirty and had several pieces
Treatment carried out:
First I needed to clean the object. Some of the missing
pieces were delivered separately and had to be bonded back in
place. Other pieces were permanently lost in which case fills
needed to be made. Marks and remnants on the stone showed what
piece was missing where.
Missing bits of stone and horn were remade using silicone
moulds and epoxy. These fills were then bonded with Paraloid B72
for a safe and durable joint. Finally they were retouched to
For the missing bits of wood and mother of pearl a furniture
conservator, Dave van Gompel, was contracted.
Photos of the completed treatment, click on the image for a
1 & 2. Both sides of the object after the completed
3 & 4. Show a section of the plaque where a piece was
missing; a wise man holding a scroll. Before and after
5 & 6. Show detail of a piece of horn missing before, and
the fill afterwards.
7 & 8. Detail of the blossoms befor and after, where one
flower was missing. Dave van Gompel made the leaves out of mother
of pearl and I made the buds out of epoxy.
Fully licensed in conservation and restoration of
ceramics, glass, stone and similar materials.