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General preliminary survey by ZRW Berlin

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The general preliminary survey is an essential element of the inventory of an object worthy of restoration, be it a sculpture, an antique ornamental frame, or an antique wooden object. The careful examination aims to gain an impression of the previous condition of an object. The focus here is on examining the substance and the existing damage patterns. Based on the pre-condition documentation, restorers develop measure documentation according to the restoration goal, which shows which work the object in need of restoration requires.

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The procedure during a general preliminary survey

During the diagnostics within a preliminary survey, we restorers at the Zentralen Restaurierungswerkstatt Berlin draw on a wide range of knowledge and technologies. In addition to determining the material, it is essential to record any revisions and features of an artistic, technical and constructive nature. Equally important is the analysis of changes caused either by the material condition of the object or by environmental factors.

We also carry out a damage analysis. Damage to an object exists when the appearance or substance of an object is permanently impaired or endangered. Comprehensive categorizing, description, documentation, and damage mapping are required. If the extent of the damage cannot be precisely determined based on the damage mapping, further analyses, such as art technological or microscopic examinations, are carried out if necessary.

Components of a preliminary survey

  • Examination of materials
  • Damage analysis
  • Categorization
  • Documentation

General preliminary survey for scientific expert opinions in monument conservation and art

Before undertaking extensive restoration or preservation measures, it makes sense to have an expert opinion prepared. In such cases, freelance restorers can provide a comprehensive assessment of the condition, which is often not feasible for official restorers in monument conservation due to a lack of time. As a result, restorers can develop detailed concepts for restoration or conservation.

Carefully conducted preliminary surveys and graded concepts are the ideal basis for invitations to tender and decision-making - aspects that play a role, particularly in the case of public institutions. Furthermore, the findings from a preliminary survey are decisive in enabling us to prepare a professionally sound expert opinion or a cost estimate for an insurance policy.

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Professional preliminary survey from the Zentralen Restaurierungswerkstatt Berlin

We wood and furniture restorers of the Zentralen Restaurierungswerkstatt Berlin rely on many years of experience and the equipment needed for professional examinations of historical objects. Based on our expertise, we can provide you with an expert opinion and a cost estimate on request and develop a detailed restoration or conservation concept.

Take advantage of the expertise and craftsmanship of our certified restorers to have the object of your choice expertly appraised and restored!


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