Restoring Mary

Prior to any works being carried out we collect as much information as possible by removing paint layers and/or taking paint samples. This information helps our decision making on the application of colour and design with any forthcoming restoration.

It is not uncommon to find multiple decorative schemes. In this case we wanted to find the orginal Jos Henke scheme of the 1930’s. Information gained from investigations resulted in hand-mixing paint to match the original colour schemes, reinstating gold leaf and any further designs found. This approach produces a faithful representation of the original and makes for a pleasing finish, as originally intended.

Sometimes we find the most beautiful decoration underneath paint layers. Here Mary was completely overpainted in a white emulsion paint resulting in a ghost like appearance. In the photos below you can just make out the underlying decoration. We restored her to her former beauty.