Early 2021, we restored the frame of the Etoile Bleue'door in Tours. The work will continue in the years to come. Interventions: removal of mortar or cracked tesserae before re-gluing new tesserae. Cleaning, mineralization of the joint.
Mélaine at work
First step, clear the damaged tesserae as well as the excess mortar.
fissuration des tesselles
The door frame was pushed away from the masonry following a break-in, the mosaic therefore suffered the consequences of this shock, the tesserae located on the crack splited.
clearance of cracks
Before placing new tesserae, we clear the damaged parts.
The threshold, slightly damaged, is composed of tesserae of stoneware. The rest of the frame is made up of very intense bright red glass tesserae. Its very dense and fine texture is particularly rare, we have never encountered it before. To replace them, we used enamels made by the Albertini family a master glassmakers.
A few hours from the end of the work, the seal is still a little damp, it reveals the restored part. Once dry, only a trained eye will be able to identify the restoration.