St Mary’s Church, Cadogan Street, London

These finely carved, Victorian nativity scene figures, had over the years become a little the worse for ware. Damage had occurred to the more fragile parts such as hands and the lambs ear, also cracking to the wood, bashed and scratched paintwork. Maritima was commissioned to cut off damaged hands and in one case a complete arm, and to re-carve them in a manner that would be less vulnerable to future damage, whilst maintaining the style and feeling of the originals, and then to restore the paintwork to match the patina of the original figures.

The images are in sequence, showing first the complete set of figures, then some ‘before and after’ images of replacement hands.