Before and after: 19th century homage to smoke paraphernalia.

scratches, & damage to the lacquer.

This still life painting became lighter due to the brittle condition of the old 19th century lacquer. The lacquer fractured in many microscopic small fragments, comparable with a fractured mirror, causing the light to fracture, creating a misty haze. The reason that this happened remains uncertain, it could have something to do with the recipe that the artist used.

The old lacquer was was removed, damages and scratches were repaired and retouched and a new lacquer was aplied. The work instantly looked fresh, while still maintaining that classic antique appearance.

(This painting is sold)

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