Broken Ornament – Garibaldi

by Oct 3, 2022Restoration

Repairing a smashed figurine

Garibaldi was a successful Italian General. But this figurine depicting him definitely lost the battle with gravity.

Arriving at Gadsby’s in nearly 40 pieces, of varying sizes, the ornament was a mess.

As ever the first step of the repair process is to fit all of the pieces together to ensure nothing is missing.

Once we have successfully pieced everything together and the ceramic glue has dried we fill the gaps in the ornament that were left by the breaks with ceramic filler.

Once the filler is set/dried, the final step is to re-paint the ornament matching colours as best we can.

General Garibaldi won’t win any more battles, he has been dead since 1882, but he can again stand on the mantlepiece and watch life go by!

Standing with Garibaldi in the last two images below is Princess May who came in headless (or at least her head was not attached).

Limitations of ceramic repairs

Perfection is rarely achievable. Close inspection will usually reveal that the item has been repaired. Most clients realise that before talking to us and accept the breakage and repair as part of the history of their treasured artefact. Also, although not relevant in the case of an ornament/figurine, ceramic/china items are not suitable for use after restoration for eating or drinking.

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