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Frequently Asked Questions

The following pages provide more detailed information about the three Chinese Qing vases that were broken in 2006, including when they were made, the disaster that befell them, the methods used to recover the broken pieces and their eventual conservation and restoration for redisplay. Suggested literature on Chinese porcelain and ceramics conservation is listed, together with information on how to find a conservator to repair your own ceramic treasures.

Each of the pages ties into a section of the Fitzwilliam's new Conserving Art website about their restoration.

The pages are designed to answer many of the queries The Fitzwilliam Museum receives about the vases and will be updated accordingly. If you have further questions that are not answered here, please contact us. Contact details can be found in the final section.

 

Disclaimer. The following conservation and restoration methods were chosen to suit the needs of these vases. They are not necessarily suitable for other objects, especially non-porcelain ceramics. The Museum cannot be held responsible for damage arising from attempts to replicate these techniques. If in doubt, seek professional advice.

 

Disaster!!

Recovery

Sorting

Cleaning

Reassembly

Bonding

Filling

Retouching

Completed