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An ancient story

An ancient story
An ancient story
Restoration and the precious art of gilding
An ancient story
An ancient story

Eyes can understand many things and then drive hands to achieve something difficult, complex, yet beautiful. Maurizio Carletti as a child lived in his father's restoration workshop, Otello, opened in 1966. Living in the field has made him a top professional, updated and curious, always looking for new challenges. The real training started with his father in 1984, from whom he learned the trades secrets, devoting himself with passion to the art of restoration. Among the activities for which the laboratory stands out there is gilding. It is an ancient art, born in the Middle Ages, to decorate as well as to preserve. So the Carletti's shop, closed to Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori, specializes in gilt, silver, lacquer and decorations of antique furniture, as well as in the restoration of ceilings and antique frames.

The techniques used, established for over forty years and handed down from father to son, is still strictly now made only with the help of hands. Among the most commonly used materials: plaster of Bologna, the rabbit glue for prepared putty, mineral boluses and the glue of fish needed for gilding, resins, sandracca, tempera, bees wax and leaves in pure gold and silver. A truly monumental work developed by this laboratory, whose case projects include the restoration of the large gold letters on the top of the Trevi Fountain, one of the furniture of the Capitoline Museums and a large part of the one in the Museum Napoleon, or the specimens exhibited at Palazzo Borghese in Rome or in the Castello Odescalchi in Palo Laziale.

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