Flake Loss Compensation

Following the initial coat of newly applied varnish, conservators turned their attention to old paint losses treated in the past. Past restorers filled these losses and painted over them in an attempt to disguise the damage; in most cases, unfortunately, we could not safely remove the earlier restorations without risking further damage to the surrounding original paint surface. The detail above shows losses in a range of states. The darker, brownish ones show the old fills with the overpaint reduced as much as safely possible. In contrast, those losses that appear white have had chalk-based fill material added to match the level of the surrounding original paint surface. All these losses were later inpainted in order to better match the surrounding original.

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