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.
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…
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.
After its long journey across the ocean the Colosseum safely reached San Francisco. There in a famous private collection it is now the centerpiece of the exhibit surrounded by other models of the 19th century.