A Story from the Workbench: A broken Wax Relief from Europe

Just recently, I repaired a broken wax relief sculpture from Europe. The customer had tried a few methods, but each failed or showed some flaw. She was right to come to me. I did the repair and showed her how the crack would always be a part of the piece. She had asked nothing remarkable of me and gave me freedom to do the best that we could.

As a custom framer and long time artist, I have had the privilege of doing occasional repair work on art objects from around the world. I find this personally satisfying. More often than not, my customer has tried to do the repair themselves and does not want to send the object off to a full time art restorer.  Moreover, the customer does not have the time, talent, or knowledge of adhesive materials.

The true value in any object is subjective to the eyes of the beholder.

Knowing the risk of harm involved, we, at the Art Emporium, do not do repairs or restoration of museum art or collectibles. However, we do have a vast knowledge of both artist supplies and hardware adhesives to do a great job of putting a piece of broken family art back together in good form.

As with the European wax relief, once a piece is broken it is never the same again, but it does have a new history. In the end, we were able to bring beauty and renewal to an object that could have been completely lost. Moreover, we brought happiness to a multi-generational family; a small but big success.

Again  thank you for reading. And please feel free to share.

This letter is from The Art Emporium of Old Saybrook, CT. Our phone # is 860-388-1419, Fax 860-388-1410
Thank-you for letting me help you, Robert Jerome.


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