Four Figures (1968) by Barbara Hepworth

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After treatment (Image taken from Sotheby's)

Condition

  • Bronze sculpture which has tarnished into dark orange color. Uneven tarnishing also resulting from past fingerprints as well.

Treatment: 

  • Gentle polishing of the figures surface using a polishing cream and a cotton. 

  • Marking casting faults and small scratches for condition reporting 

  • Light wax coating of the base

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Before treatment, comparison of tarnished and polished surface

During polishing using a polishing cream and cotton

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Before and after polishing (surface check using a sheet of white paper)