Daedalus, Inc.

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Clifford Craine
205-3 Arlington street
Watertown, MA 02472

Phone: 617 926 7590
Fax: 617 926 7591
Website: www.daedalusart.com

Company Information

Daedalus, Inc., is a private practice in art conservation. Our practice is focused on the preservation of antiquities, sculpture, decorative arts, monuments, and architectural ornament.
We occupy over 3,000 square feet of well-equipped, secure studio, office and laboratory space just outside of Boston, in Watertown, Massachusetts. We provide conservation services to museums, corporate collections, galleries, municipalities, and private collections throughout the United States.
Our staff of skilled conservators shares extensive experience in working with artifacts and works of art in metals, stone, plaster, wood, ceramic, ivory, glass, and modern materials.
As hands-on conservators, we have built a national reputation based on our ability to provide high quality, ethical, and aesthetically polished conservation of objects made from a wide range of materials and from diverse cultural traditions.
We also provide a wide range of services related to preventative conservation, and collections care and management. These include consulting, technical studies, and collection surveys for long range planning, as well as practical solution to problems of storage, display, and environmental control.
We also have extensive experience in working with architects, engineers and architectural conservators in solving problems related to the preservation of architectural sculpture and ornament.
The conservators of Daedalus, Inc., are pledged to perform all work in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works.

Selected Projects

The Peace Monument (Franklin Simmons, 1874), U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.
Client: the Architect of the Capitol.
The forty foot high marble monument was cleaned, cracking was stabilized and grouted with lime mortar. Missing elements were sculpted, cast in cementicious mortar and installed with stainless steel pins. The monument was consolidated with an alkyl silane stone consolidant.

The Toledo Museum of Art Islamic Collection, Toledo, Ohio.
A group of sixteen ceramic objects from middle eastern cultures of the 8th to 13th centuries were cleaned, disassembled and old restorations removed. The objects were reassembled, losses filled and inpainted using stable, reversible materials.

Columbia Protecting Science and Industry (Caspar Buberl, 1880), Facade of the Arts and Industries Building, the Mall, Washington D.C. Owner: The Smithsonian Institution.
The three monumental cast zinc sculptures were removed from the roof of the building. The sculptures were cleaned of old paint, debris, and cement poured into the central figure. Displaced metal, broken solder joints and other damages were repaired with stainless steel and epoxy. Missing elements were sculpted and cast in synthetic resin. The sculptures were primed and painted, and re-assembled on the building with new stainless steel armatures.

Robert Gould Shaw Memorial (Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1914), Washington, D.C.
Owner: National Park Service
The life-size plaster model for 14 x 18 foot bronze Civil War Monument was disassembled, restored, mounted on a newly designed stainless steel framework and installed at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument Portsmouth, New Hampshire
The cast zinc monument was collapsing due to deformation of the zinc elements and failure of the iron armature. The monument was disassembled into component sections. Zinc elements were cleaned and stabilized. The monument was re-assembled on a new stainless steel armature. Loss and cracks were be filled and repaired and the entire monument was protected with a stable reversible protective coating.