I had a 'running away' moment (two hours) this afternoon - to the Antiques Arcade, of course. While I was there, I indulged a bad failing of mine - that of my tendency to rescue broken china. This was an exceptionally pretty piece though...about 12 inches long - 19th century German/Austrian, I suspect. Sitzendorf? Rudolstadt? Elbogen? I don't know yet. Not of the finest quality, as can be seen from the rather poor modelling of the foliage and somewhat harsh gilding, but the challenge appealed - and the price (£6.00 uk pounds/ $10.00) doubly so! Well painted, though, by hand - no transfer work.
The main repairs needed, as you can see below, are two torsos which need to be re-attached to pairs of legs...oh, and then there is the small matter of a missing head :-). Nothing major there, then!
I did train to restore porcelain and pottery in the early 1980's and still have all my restoration materials, and the challenge is not as difficult as it seems. There are only a few breaks - all of which are clean - and there are heads still present from which I can take a mould for the missing one. So now that I have all this spare time to myself (ho, ho!) I thought it would be fun to take on the challenge - and perhaps post some of the results here as I go along.. What do you think??