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Swains Angel at Highgate Cemetery Swains Angel at Highgate Cemetery

MONUMENT CONSERVATION
Private Memorials
Highgate Cemetery, Swains Angel 2012

Carved from white Carrara marble, the Swains Angel had suffered considerable loss over the years.

During the 1980's some restoration was carried out in order to re-establish broken and displaced parts of the sculpture.

Unfortunately these repairs were made with cement: consequently they were of rather poor quality in comparison to the existing original.

To achieve a close match to the style and intention of the sculpture, London Stone Conservation re-modelled the missing parts in wax in situ.

Parts previously repaired with cement were carefully removed from the original, and again, using modelling wax, replacements were directly modelled onto the sculpture in order to achieve a good transition of form, style and texture.

Once the client gave approval of the re-modelling, they were removed and taken to London Stone Conservation's workshops for copying in reclaimed white Carrara marble by hand.
The carving was completed, all sections were carefully fitted with stainless steel threaded dowels to stabilise and strengthen the joints, thus safeguarding their future.

The result is, in both form, style and finish, a close match to the original.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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