Restoration treatments can involve cleaning and stabilisation as well as bonding fragments, reconstruction of lost parts and retouching. The aim of restoration is to make the object look more or less undamaged. Sometimes the functionality of an object has to be reestablished.
According to the internationally agreed code of ethics in conservation/ restoration, a couple of important points have to be considered:
- no original substance must be damaged during conservation/restoration treatments
- restoration must not corrupt any aspect of the object's original design
- restoration materials have to be as resistant to ageing as possible
- all restoration treatments ought to be reversible
quarzsprung restaurierung offers an informed and experienced choice of materials and methods. Latest technical as well as ethical standards are applied in all instances.
In case of porcelain, specially made fill materials are employed, matching not only the exact colour of the original object, but also its grade of transparency. Using the finest and most age resisting materials, excellent and nearly invisible restorations of highest quality are possible.
Equally important as best quality working practice are ethically correct procedures. quarzsprung restaurierung complies in every aspect with currently valid recommendations, such as defined by the Charter of Venice or the ICON Code of Conduct (2014). For that reason, certain types of restoration/ repair or techniques are not in use at the quarzsprung workshop. One example is the airbrush. Unfortunately, the airbrush is still widely used in ceramic restoration to spray layers of varnish and colour onto restored areas in order to hide damage. During the process, large areas of intact, neighbouring surface are unnecessarily sprayed over as well.