Netsuke are functional items which often acquire wear and tear in their long life of use. Some of this adds to their richness and character. In other instances it detracts from their beauty and may seriously compromise the fabric and stability of a piece.
Sympathetic restoration and conservation can often revitalise a tired or damaged antique, bringing it back to life and preserving it for future generations.
My approach to restoration seeks to respect the age and character, preserving what makes each piece unique and does not attempt to make it look brand new.
Some examples of work I can undertake include but are not limited to;
Replacement of missing appendages
Repairing splits and cracks
Replacement of missing inlay such as eyes
Cleaning and revival of wood