For us at the Papier Gallery, boasting almost twenty years of experience in the world of art and antiques, the Restoration is considered as a fundamental and necessary tool for the recovery, restoration and conservation of an object to which a particular value is recognized. historical or affective; To use the words of the historian Cesare Brandi, the restoration of any object can be considered as: "the methodological moment of recognition" of the work of art ", in its physical consistency and in its double aesthetic and historical polarity, in view of transmission to the future », adding that « only the material "of the work of art" is restored ».
Having said that, for us the recognition of the value of each object is, therefore, preparatory to the activity of restoring and it is absolutely impossible to restore a piece of furniture or an object without having first framed it in its time and style; this allows us to understand if it is necessary to carry out a conservative restoration or an "antiquarian" restoration, whether to consolidate or replace, whether to strip or preserve the patina, which polishing to perform and which "hardware" to apply.
From profound connoisseurs and admirers of antiques such as we are, for us at the Galleria Papier and Papier Antiquariato, the recovery and reversibility of the intervention are the basis of a well-done restoration; our motto is to recover (as far as possible) rather than replace (with any carpentry interventions).
Woodworm is the first enemy of the furniture. When the wood is infested with woodworms, it is necessary to intervene promptly with radical anti-woodworm treatments, to block the spread of the infestation (which occurs exponentially) on the same artifact and on other wooden artifacts present in the same environment. In our restorations we use a treatment with an anti-woodworm based on our particular mixture of permethrin and deltamethrin. This mixture, conveyed with suitable colorless and odorless solvents, reaches deep into the wood following its capillarity and allows us to eliminate insects and reclaim the wood itself.
To definitively eliminate the woodworms, one cannot improvise Restorers, one must know how to identify the exact species of woodworms, know their reproductive cycle and their environment; only in this way can the right methodologies be identified to intervene effectively.
Preparation, polishing and finishing
In every restoration we carry out, once any woodworms have been eliminated, the preparation of the substrate is extremely accurate: we carefully eliminate residues of old paints, glue residues and grouting until a smooth and uniform surface is obtained.
Depending on the finish you want to have, we apply a brush or pad, half-pore or brilliant polishing; for us, the right polishing is fundamental, as it enhances the furniture while respecting its history and its patina. Finally, the finish, the last act of love for furniture: we use first quality wax or an "ad hoc" encaustic to give the furniture that soft gloss, typical of antique furniture.
If needed, we are perfectly able to carry out restorations using the Gilding process: mission (using gold leaf) or shell (making a "paint" composed of gold dust and a binder).