Reintegration of a missing fragment in a 19th C. Cabinet

In collaboration with Giuseppe De Gennaro, Wood Furnishing Conservator at Open Care

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The restoration of a 19th C. Japanese cabinet was carried out as part of a collaboration between Factum Foundation and the Open Care Wood Furnishing Laboratory of Antique Scientific Instruments. The Lucida 3D Scanner was employed to record part of the ivory decoration in high resolution, with the aim of producing its facsimile to then reintegrate it into the original panel - digital restoration was not carried out in this particular project since the generated 3D model did not need to be heavily modified or retouched. The scanned piece was re-materialized in high density polyurethane resin (the piece was originally in ivory) from the 3D model, and the fragment then re-integrated and manually retouched to adapt it to its corresponding area.

Detail of an ivory Peony on 19th C. Japanese cabinet

Missing inlay

Render of the panel’s relief scanned with Lucida 3D scanner (the area to fill is marked red)

Scanned element CNC milled on high density polyurethane resin

Cropping out the main element to fit the missing area

Cropped element shaped like the original missing part for replacement

Replaced inlay

Final re-integration of fragment after retouches

The cabinet after restoration works

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