Monument Restoration

Torchio Marmi, in addition to its work in the funeral sector, is active in the restoration of historical monuments, thanks to skills developed through more than one hundred years of experience.  Personnel with extensive technical knowledge allow the company to work in the conservation of artistic and cultural assets with unmatched efficiency and professionalism.  We are among the most respected specialists in this important and sensitive field, and our work is frequently requested by major public and private customers.

An example of this is the restoration of the Mausoleum of tenor Francesco Tamagno, located in the Cimitero Monumentale in Turin, which required months of work for the conservative salvage of the stone and bronze as well as the reconstruction of pieces that were missing or had deteriorated over time.  The mausoleum, built in 1912, was designed by architect Raineri Arcaini (the creator, among others, of the monument to Giuseppe Verdi in Milan) and built by the sculptors Ambrogio Bolgiani, Giovanni Mauro and Orazio Costanzo Grossoni. The work was inspired by the monument erected in Athens by Lysicrates to celebrate the victory of the young Arcamantide singers. Thirty-four meters tall, it rises in the center of the 5th Expansion, resting on a square base, with access stairs guarded by two sphinxes placed astride the entry.  The monument is made of Botticino limestone, with highlights in bronze, such as the medallions at the base of the cupola and the metalwork between the Corinthian capitals of the colonnade.  For detached or figurative stone elements, including the heads of the two sphinxes guarding the entry, pre-hardening with a synthetic resin was used, followed by repositioning using threaded stainless steel rods and resin.  New marble ashlars were also installed between the repositioned steps and smooth finish elements installed for the missing decorative components.  All work was carried out in a conservative manner.  To clean the stone surfaces, biological structures were mechanically removed and deionized water was used.