Academic thesis

Franz Mahler: Conservation and restoration of a Galvano core sculpture located outdoors - using as an example the wing-section of an angelic sculpture from the cemetery in Schöneiche Back
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Abstract: The technique used to manufacture Galvano core sculptures is a special technology designed for the serial production of sculptures at the turn of the nineteenth to the twentieth century. This manufacturing technology implies that cooper is electrolytically deposited onto a plaster core. Most Galvano core sculptures that are located outdoors show after a period of about one hundred years extensive damage. The key issue is caused by the manufacturing technology itself. The result is the gradual destruction of the entire sculpture. The subject of this thesis concerns the realization of a concept for the conservation and restoration of such a Galvano core sculpture. The central focus lies in the new supporting structure, the joining of copper, the maximum preservation of the metallic precipitation as well as the original patina.


Keywords: Galvano core sculpture, copper, supporting structure, welding, bonding, patina
  • academic institution: Fachhochschule Potsdam
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Jörg Freitag
  • assistant Tutor:  Dipl. Rest. Olaf Ignaszewski
  • date:  2012
  • pages:  105
  • pictures:  66

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