Although it is a very hard-wearing and long-lasting substance, antique leadwork pieces such as urns and sculptures sometimes need restoration and repair.
Consider that several hundred years ago when many of these objects were first made, lead was a much scarcer resource than today. This caused corners to be cut in construction, in areas which would not be seen. Also, the structural techniques employed for making complex objects were less advanced than they are today.
Restoration of these ancient objects is the most challenging and time-consuming aspect of Brian Turners’ work. The problems of each individual piece must be carefully analysed before the correct solution can be found and implemented.
This statue is believed to have been fashioned by the Flemish Sculptor John Nost.
The wrought iron armatures had corroded and in the process had split various parts of the sculpture. All that was left of the core was a brown stain.
One of two statues which are Believed to be one of the early works made by the Sculptor David Wynne
Repairs were completed to the lead which had broken apart and to the front leg support which was strengthened.