Restoration of a Neo Baroque Chest of Drawers

Authors: Silvana Di Ceglie and Katarina Prkačin
Mentor: Joško Bogdanović, Assistant Lecturer

Department of Art and Restoration, University of Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Study programme: Second-Cycle Master's Programme of Study in Conservation-Restoration
Specialization: Wood (1st year of study)


In this presentation of the restoration and conservation of a Venetian neo-Baroque chest of drawers the emphasis is on the cleaning methods and the approaches used in the repair of the structural damages and the damages which the object suffered as the result of war activities. In the cleaning of the dresser various methods were used,  from experimental blasting of its non-polished back to the  mechanical and chemical cleaning, as the restores had to deal with different materials, including  paper and metal. The solution of structural problems required reinforcement and consolidation, while the damages from war activities brought up ethical issues. The solution to this problem was found in the implementation  of the special method respecting the principle of the distinctness. The last stage of the restoration was French polish using shellac.

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Short biographies

SILVANA DI CEGLIE and KATARINA PRKAČIN are students at of the 4th year of conservation and restoration of wooden furniture at the University of Dubrovnik.