How to clean and repair garden sculptures
Whether you’re looking to maintain a 17th-century bronze or a modern granite piece, LAPADA member Alex Puddy of Architectural Heritage, which sells antique and contemporary sculpture, has some advice for caring for your outdoor sculptures
If you have a piece of sculpture in need of restoration, ask a registered dealer and they will point you in the right direction, as different restorers specialise in different materials. Stone needs varying attention depending on stone type, climate and conditions. ‘Coade stone is tough, but if the ‘skin’ is broken, take advice,’ Alex adds.
‘It might be time to bring it inside after 200 years. If marble is left outside too long it will disintegrate to dust – you need to cover it in the winter or bring it inside. Wax your bronze if it’s a fine art piece with a patina – and if it’s not, then as long as it’s not holding water inside it will be fine. Most importantly, don’t jet wash anything!’
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