Condition reports consist of the current condition of the work of art, the proposed treatment through diagnostic testing and analysis, the treatment notes and the condition after treatment has concluded. These reports include before treatment, during treatment and after treatment photo-documentation. They are vital for the life-cycle of the work of art and necessary for transport, sale, loans and collection management. We are often consulted prior to purchase to perform a Condition Report for prospective buyers or sellers.
Dirt, soot, grime, mold, foxing and accretions can build up over time and can lead to permanent staining. Conservation cleaning is a delicate process, carried out after thorough testing and examination. When cleaning a work of art, many considerations are are in place such as historical contexts, artists intention and safety of the piece, to name a few. We use the utmost caution and ethical standards when cleaning any work of art.
Varnish can discolor over time and the integrity of the painting suffers, as its palette, tone and spacial dimensions are corrupted. Careful cleaning removes these layers, revealing the work’s original depth and luster.
Artworks which have been subject to previous conservation attempts, in which the original paint has been covered with poorly matched overpaint are carefully treated to remove these layers to reveal the painting beneath as the artist intended or the historical context in which they now sit.
We employ a wide range of techniques and methods to restore torn, damaged or weak works on canvas and paper. From small tears or fractures, to significant rips and distortions. This may include re-lining the entire canvas or paper to provide additional and appropriate support. Works on paper are mended and flattened appropriately with the utmost care and integrity.
Retouching, also known as in-painting, restores the visual integrity of an artwork that may present areas of loss or degradation. Paint is carefully matched to ensure a seamless regeneration of the original image, as the artist intended, or as historical context applies. All studio retouching is reversible and in accordance with AIC guidelines and ethics.
Different layers of paint experience different stresses as they dry and age, as well as mishandling or accidents, resulting in paint cracking, flaking and being lost. Consolidation stabilizes these layers to ensure the future integrity of the piece and make it safe for any further treatment procedures.
Our heat table treatments flatten and consolidate works of art whose canvases and paint layers are suffering from instability.
Our studio cares for, cleans and reconstructs period frames with both historical and modern techniques.
We provide conservation framing for works in our care and partner with the highest quality framers to create bespoke framing solutions to best fit your work of art.
Our studio provides advice and guidance about the atmospheric conditions your artwork should be kept in, as well as guidance on hanging, lighting, storage, transportation and collections management.