Picture Conservation

We have strong links with a pool of conservators capable of cleaning and repairing works of art on paper and works on canvas, as well as a textile conservator.

Conservation treatment will prolong the life of artworks endangered by damage from acidity and fungus attacks.  The damp conditions of domestic interiors prior to central heating, combined with highly aggressive framing materials have created a destructive environment for many works of art, and attention to this will be rewarded by the prevention of much deterioration, and the consequent protection of your investment.

Fragile watercolours can lose much colour and be spoilt by unwanted marks or 'foxing'. Oils can lose tension, the surface may crack, for example, and be discoloured from pollutants in the atmosphere.  It is important to ensure that artwork that has been framed for some time is enclosed in the appropriate environment and is not suffering ongoing and devaluing discolouration or damage.  We are happy to give advice about a picture; if you feel it may be in danger, check we are available, wrap it carefully to avoid damage (careful the back fixings dont damage anything it leans on either), and bring it to us for our opinion.

After cleaning and de-acidifying, works on paper can be placed in a new, museum board mount, front and back, which is acid free along with the tapes and hinges for the work.  This makes a new and conserving environment for the future.   Watercolours and delicate prints would also benefit from UV light filtering glazing, such as 'museum' coated glass or acrylic.

Oils, once cleaned and possibly re-stretched or re-lined, can benefit from new conservation varnishes, that will bring back the true colours and surface of the piece.  

More serious damage, such as tears, punctures etc can also often be repaired or consolidated by an experienced conservator.

Once the work is brought to us, we will either select the conservator we feel will be able to solve its problems most sensitively, and get an estimate for you (without any obligation to go ahead), or advise on the best way to proceed once we have assessed the condition. (Please be aware though that we may need to remove and replace work from its frame to do this, which will incur a small charge.)

Illustrated: An oil on canvas affected by nicotine is photographed mid-clean.

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