Imogen Bittner

Large Imari Plate

Large Imari Plate 18th Century. Hard paste porcelain with underglaze enamels and areas of gilding

[su_row] [su_column size=”1/2″] [/su_column] [su_column size=”1/2″] PROCESSES OF RESTORATION

  1. Dismantle previous repair
  2. Clean break edges
  3. Assemble by dry taping
  4. Bond – capillary action
  5. Replace missing area using dental wax mould
  6. Fill mould and crack lines with epoxy resin/ fumed silica paste.
  7. Rub back filled areas using “00” flour paper.
  8. Retouch decorated areas on front of plate by hand.
  9. Retouch gilded areas using gold powder on gold size.

[/su_column] [/su_row] NB.This plate was the property of The National Trust who required that the history of the damage be visible whilst presenting a more aesthetically pleasing front view for the purpose of exhibition. Scroll down for photographs of the different processes involved.

Click on any the images below to enlarge [su_row] [su_column size=”1/3″] IMARI PLATE ON ACCEPTANCE [/su_column] [su_column size=”1/3″] IMARI PLATE AFTER BONDING [/su_column] [su_column size=”1/3″] IMARI PLATE SHOWING POSITION OF WAX MOULD [/su_column] [/su_row] [su_row] [su_column size=”1/3″] IMARI PLATE ON COMPLETION – FRONT VIEW [/su_column] [su_column size=”1/3″] IMARI PLATE ON COMPLETION – BACK VIEW [/su_column] [su_column size=”1/3″] [/su_column] [/su_row]