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Just a brief note to thank you all for the repair/restoration of my family's Bybee pottery vase. It looked so horrible before but now, thanks to you, it is like new and a thing of beauty. Know how much I appreciate your skill and workmanship. It is a treasure! Many thanks,
- Jan - Ohio

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Ivory and Cloisonné

Ivory. Elegant and Organic.

If you have an ivory collection, you know it is a natural substance that comes from animals. Because it is organic, it's very reactive to its environment—especially light.

Our conservators are experienced in caring for the delicate nature of ivory. They can remove old adhesives, clean and secure your pieces, and even create new pieces to repair breaks or missing parts. Our team is especially experienced with Netsuke.

Ivory & Cloisonne
Ivory & Cloisonne
Ivory & Cloisonne
All of the before and after images are of actual items that we have repaired, restored and/or conserved.

Cloisonné. An Ancient Art.

Cloisonné is an ancient Chinese technique of laying down fine metal wire or strips into shapes. The spaces are filled with colored vitreous glass powders (enamels). The piece is then fired, ground smooth and polished. You may have a very old Cloisonné piece, like a vase or an urn. Or, you may have something newer, like a piece of jewelry or an ornament.

Damaged cloisonné usually occurs as a dent in the surface that radiates into cracks. Sometimes the glass enamel even falls out.

Our expert glass enamel artists perform nearly invisible repairs and restore your piece to its original beauty. The Wiebold team is especially experienced working on cloisonné.


Please contact us with any questions regarding your specific pieces.

We also offer these important suggestions for ivory and

Suggestions for Helping You Preserve Your Ivory and Cloisonné:

  • Wash your hands before handling your handcrafted pieces in order to remove dirt and hand oils.
  • Avoid using rubber-based materials for storing and packing your ivory items as they can produce an unnatural yellowing to your items.
  • Handle your cloisonné and ivory items with care, as they are delicate and fragile.
Contact a conservator for intervention if:
  • Metal corrosion becomes apparent.
  • Plating needs to be replaced.
  • Parts are missing or warped.
  • Discoloration is an issue.
These suggestions are intended for guidance only. Wiebold Studio does not assume responsibility or liability.
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