Bust of Albani Faun
Marble; middle 19th Century; Italian School
Structurally, this marble bust was stable with two small holes (on the chin and the chest, less than 1cm in diameter); surface - dirty and patchy.
Initial tests revealed that the surface dirt was removable with a solution of deionised water, white spirit and detergent. The object was consequently cleaned with deionised water to remove any residues of the cleaning solution. The holes were cleaned and filled with a mixture of acrylic resin and CaCO3powder which produced an adequate colour and translucency. The final stage consisted of a protective wax coating.
Thomas Coulborn & Sons