After restoring the engravings Dieter refreshes the pale colours of the pyramid. As the last step, he uses a special vernice to protect the surface. The object is now ready to be exhibited…
Pyramid of Cestius
SAND – GLUE – PATINA
The old masters often used sand for the ground but over the centuries it disappeared on different parts. Dieter uses river sand and glue for the restoration. After the drying process he applies patina to make the repaired areas invisible.
A SOLID BASE
in the 18th century most of the cork models where manufactured in a hurry due to high demand. Especially the wooden base was often made very carelessly. For that reason many old cork models are in very bad condition today. For Dieter, a solid base is therefore the top priority. After this work is done he begins to restore the cork frame of the object…
RESTORING A BAD TREATED BEAUTY
Dieter´s next restoring project is an ancient cork model of the pyramid of Cestius / Rome. Probably it was manufactured in the studio of Carl May. This object was once a well loved “Souvenir” of the Grand Tour. This model went through several hands and was badly treated during the centuries.
Another new challenge for Dieter…