INCREDIBLE STUPID, I KNOW

A piece of art.


The story goes like this:
When one of my ancestors moved from Bergen to Copenhagen around the beginning of the last century and settled there as an artist, he was asked to participate in the restoration of the old Christansborg Palace.
This is a spare part from that restoration. I have it in my loft since I did a stupid thing many years ago. I painted it over with white plastic paint :-(.
Stupid, indeed.
It has not been that well preserved after that, as you can see.
However, in good shape it is really decorative. Particularly if you have a classical mindset.
I am now looking into how to get it restored. Or I could in fact paint it over one more time to get it in better shape?
Any idea, what would be the best thing to do? (I have the answer of course) :-).
A complete restoration might be terrible expensive. Another layer of paint would probably ruin it for ever.
What happened to the original you may ask? Well this might well be the original.
Anyway, a similar piece is back in place in Christiansborg Palace. Safe and sound. I have seen it there a few years back. Looks like this piece. But without the plastic paint.
All good advice is welcome :-).
Thanks in advance.

© Knut Skjærven
Copenhagen, July 1, 2020.

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