On this complex restoration job, the stone canopy and the supporting two classical style corbels had been repaired badly many times in the past. We carefully removed the old cement and loose damaged stone. A lot of the top moulding, the door lintel and both sides of each corbel were lost, leaving just the front face of the corbels remaining. Even the protruding base of the corbels had broken off and been cement repaired.
After stabilizing and strengthening the corbels with resin, we built up the sides in stages with Lithomex. First we formed the scrolls on each side, then added the circular floral decorations and finally the ornate leaf adornment. The top moulding was reformed, the lintel recoated and finally the feet of the corbels were sculpted.
Below is a slideshow of some of the work involved in this restoration. Firstly there is a series of photos of the damaged stonework and poor cement repairs. Secondly examples of what is left after removal of ‘dead’ stone and cement. Thirdly some photos showing Lithomex work in progress and then finally the finished work.