BRONZE FACADES, SCULPTURE AND ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES
There are many things that will damage bronze, apart from the environment. These include:
• people touching the bronze
• anti-social acts such as
• cleaning fluids
Most people don’t realise how vulnerable bronze is. It is a reactive metal – that’s why it can develop such a beautiful patina, but also why it corrodes.
Those unfamiliar with its ways can do a great deal of damage. Commercial cleaning products have the potential to etch and speckle the original patina. Even contractors working alongside bronze can damage it unintentionally. This can cause permanent disfiguration requiring bronze restoration.
Don’t despair, we can help!
Working on Site
Our staff work in teams on site and can help you keep your bronze in optimum condition. The key is to clean and restore on a regular basis enabling the building to look good throughout the year.
Even better, when we combine bronze restoration and bronze cleaning, the condition of your bronze will go up while the price tag goes down. This type of combined treatment is what we refer to as bronze maintenance. Our clients find that it is a more cost-effective option than carrying out extensive bronze restoration every now and then.
Find out more about Bronze Restoration of Facades & Architectural Features – click through to facades,
If you’d like to know more about how bronze cleaning and maintenance prevents historic shop fronts, bronze features and fittings from becoming dirty and disfigured, then take a look at our bronze maintenance page.
We also have a great article on why building managers should prioritise bronze cleaning to avoid bronze restoration.
The way we restore a contemporary bronze sculpture may be very different to how we approach a traditional bronze monument. Contemporary sculptures may have been fabricated with architectural elements, rather than cast. If a particular element is degrading faster than another, we will investigate the root cause. Then we will establish how best to stabilise it.
Public sculpture and monuments can have a variety of patinas. We have a great deal of knowledge about the conservation of both historic and contemporary patinas and how to preserve them.
In some instances, we may tailor-make products to suit an object’s precise needs. Whenever possible, we involve the artist in the conservation solutions and always aim to respect their vision of the object.
Whether it’s traditional or contemporary sculpture, bronze requires ongoing maintenance. Without this approach, any bronze restoration will be unsustainable.
Involving Our Clients
The Antique Bronze team tries to help our clients learn about bronze restoration and provide them with as much advice as possible. We can help you to draw up a preventive conservation plan after any restoration works have been undertaken. This will prevent the condition of the bronze sliding down hill again.
We specialise in working in situ because usually, this makes the cost lower for the client. However, there are times when a treatment might not be possible in a public space. In these instances, we can have the sculpture moved and worked on in a safe, bespoke space in North London.
You may be interested to find out about the bronze restoration of a contemporary sculpture by Althea Wynne that we undertook in the City of London. It involved the treatment of a trio of magnificent horses. Well worth a visit if you are an art enthusiast.
These bronzes had suffered from the harsh London environment. Their treatment involved the harmonisation of corrosion and some repatination work to reinstate the vision that the artist once had. Read more about Althea Wynne’s Trio on our post about this project.
If you’d like to see more of the projects we’ve undertaken, click through to our sculpture restoration page
War Memorials and public monuments are close to everyone’s heart. Nestled in the centre of communities, their significance to people cannot be over-emphasized.
One of the reasons we like this type of project is that our bronze restoration work is really valued. There is often great enthusiasm to keep the monument maintained after our works are complete. This is good for the community and the bronze over the long term.
Keeping war memorials and monuments in good condition is a way of showing respect for those commemorated. If these types of objects begin to disfigure, they can become hard to read or interpret. Then they lose relevance to society.
We undertake maintenance and war memorial cleaning for annual events such as Remembrance Sunday. Bronze restoration projects involving war memorials can be quite complex. Many are neglected for decades and fall into acute disrepair. We can provide our clients with guidance so that these objects can become useful to their community again, and be appreciated for years to come.
Public art, and war memorials, are often sited in locations where large numbers of the public gather. This means damage is more likely. During a war memorial restoration, we can:
- remove graffiti
- re-infill engraved lettering or inscriptions
- Treat disfiguring surface corrosion
- clean stonework
- remake missing or damaged elements
The cultural and historic importance of these objects is uppermost in our minds. We take care to ensure our working methods, and our approach to their preservation, reflects this.
If you would like any advice on the restoration of War Memorials, or monuments, we would be happy to discuss them with you. We work in London and regions around it
Indoor bronzes may seem to have an easy life compared to their cousins that live outdoors, but homes are not galleries. Our treasured bronzes aren’t likely to have monitored environments and bespoke cases to protect them. Often these little artworks are in the throng of everyday life
touched by admirers
splashed with celebratory champagne
or, scraped when wet umbrellas are leaned against them!
Damage happens and if it does, we hope to be able to help with all your bronze restoration needs. In our studio, we can clean, conserve and restore your small bronze. It may be that only one area of a bronze patina has become warn, but this flaw is unbalancing the legibility of the sculpture. Or, a component has been broken and needs replacing. We can help with these kinds of complex problems and not interfere with those parts of the original structure which are mature and stable.
We also advise you on how to care for your treasured bronzes in the future, helping to ensure they never need another visit with us.
Owners should make an appointment with our office. You can bring your bronze to us for restoration, but if that’s impossible, we can arrange art transport.
If you’d like to see some examples of the repairs, take a look at our page dedicated to small bronze restoration.