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Technological examination of furniture, wooden art objects and interior

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We conduct a technological examination to learn more about the making and history of an old piece of furniture, work of art, or wooden object. The results of our search for clues not only provide you and us with an exciting glimpse into history but are also the absolute prerequisite for developing a sound conservation or restoration strategy that best meets the individual requirements of your object.

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When does a technological survey make sense?

Would you like to have the conservation or restoration needs of your wooden artwork or piece of furniture professionally assessed?

Would you like to find out more about the origin, making and aging pattern, use, and restoration history of an object?

Would you like to know more about the authenticity, age, origin, or value of your piece of furniture or art object?

Would you like to know how to ideally care for your object to best protect it from damage, pest infestation, and decay?

In all of these cases, we recommend the general preliminary survey and technological examination. No detail and no secret remain hidden from the trained and experienced eye of our wood and furniture restorers of the ZRW Berlin around carpenter and certified restorer (Univ.) Philipp Westebbe.

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What can be found out during the technological examination?

We use the technological examination to find out more about the following aspects:

  • Manufacturing technique of the piece of furniture, wooden object, or work of art.
  • Technological structure of the object in need of conservation or restoration
  • Individual aging and restoration history of the object
  • Artistic classification of the object

The further technological examination also includes aspects such as:

  • Wood determination
  • Pigment analysis and binder analysis
  • Age determination of furniture and wooden objects

Information on typical materials, techniques, and design elements helps us make a cultural-historical classification of the object and shed light on the historical everyday production. To come up with results, we have various scientific methods of analysis at our disposal, such as the chemical analysis of binders, UV fluorescence microscopy, UV/Vis/NIR-spectroscopy, or FT-IR spectroscopy.

Technological examination:

The more we know, the more targeted the measure

As the Zentrale Restaurierungswerkstatt Berlin, we rely on decades of experience and profound knowledge of original materials, historical constructions, and manufacturing techniques, as well as original recipes. We not only reliably classify your art object, piece of furniture, or interior to an art-historical style epoch but also provide you with profound information on material science or recommend individually sensible care measures as well as individual care instructions.

For any restoration or conservation measure and the development of a suitable restoration or conservation strategy, precise knowledge of manufacturing technology, restoration history, the aging process, structure, and art historical classification are absolute prerequisites. Based on the findings of our technological examination, we can draft a concrete conservation or restoration concept for your object.