Restoration & Conservation

Conrad Schmitt Studios is recognized for its expertise in the conservation and restoration of antique statuary. This includes seamlessly reattaching broken pieces and re-creating missing portions. Artwork frequently is provided as a component of interior design and restoration projects. A renewed spirituality is often apparent in the artwork.

Over the years, our Studio has cultivated an expertise in restoring statuary. We are particularly proud of the restoration of the wood carved Stations of the Cross from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Georgia.

These statues, most recently painted in monochromatic tones, had been painted four times, all in various styles. Artists began by stripping and smoothing unstable paint surfaces. Missing fingers were then carved and securely affixed, wood cracks were filled, and the original skim coating of plaster over the wood was repaired. The statues then were painted with sealer, followed by the polychromatic painting, which produced colorful garments and realistic skin tones. Layers of glazes were then added to give depth to the sculpting, bring out the detail, and seal the new paint. Lastly, missing elements such as a leather whip were recreated.

The project's success was emphasized when a priest visiting the studio exclaimed that they were the most fantastic Stations of the Cross he had ever seen. 

Though the Stations of the Cross may be the most fundamental statuary in a church, other beautiful pieces must not be forgotten. We have been privileged to work with other pieces so beautiful that the sight almost seems a glimpse of heaven. Our restoration of four, 48" high angel statues for St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Convent, Louisiana is an example.

The angel's finishes had deteriorated and they had suffered significant plaster damage which included missing hands and feet. The extensive plaster repair included molding and attaching the missing parts. New plaster areas were primed. Fragile paint surfaces were stabilized. A barrier varnish was applied to the statues, followed by the polychromatic painting, which restored soft, realistic color and luminous skin tones.  Layers of glazes were added to give depth to the sculpting, bring out detail and protect the new paint.

Restoration of the angels was executed during the time when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. The restored angels became an inspiration not only for St. Michael the Archangel Parish, but also for the hurricane evacuees taking refuge in Convent, Louisiana.

 

St. Peter’s Catholic Church

St. Peter’s Catholic Church

Montgomery, AL

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