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harlequin mix made with old tessellae

"Harlequin" mosaic floor

Rouvray (37)

This mosaic is located in a stair tower, the installation of an elevator caused the destruction of part of the original mosaic. It was for us to fill as discreetly as possible this gap very marked by a clean cut. The ground underwent other attacks mainly caused by rising damp (deposit of calcite, corroded tesserae).

Interventions : cleaning of the entire floor with a monobrush, attenuation of the rectilinear layout of the gap, recovery of original tesserae, recomposition of the harlequin and gluing of the tesserae on mesh, resting the mosaic on fresh screed, finishing with wax.

Les étapes de restauration

floor before intervention

The installation of an elevator created this rectangular gap, the floor is also stained with oil and calcite deposits.

oil stained mosaic floor, calcite deposit

Bleeding the straight edges of the lacuna

It is necessary to purge in line with the tesserae to break the rectilinear side of the gap and ensure the most discreet connection possible when refitting.

Sandrine Azara purges the edge of the gap

Reuse of original tesserae

On the other side of the house, a mosaic covered a porch. At 80% separated from the support, we made the choice to recover the tesserae to transfer them to the tower.

purging and recovery of original tesserae from the porch by Marie-Laure Besson

Laying of the restored mosaic

From the recovered tesserae, we made new mosaic panels respecting the mixture of colors as much as possible. Traditional laying on fresh screed (lime mortar / sand / brick powder).

Mélaine lays on traditional sand lime screed


Connections of the new mosaic with the old one.

Mélaine Lanoë makes the connections of the new mosaic with the old one

Restored mosaic

Final stage of the restoration, the gap is barely noticeable.

The mosaic restored and revived with linseed oil and a layer of wax
Meilleurs Ouvriers de France
Mosaïque d’art