Case Studies

We are in the process of adding more case studies of the restoration process. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding what can be restored.

What kinds of problems can be rectified and
how successful can treatments be?

At times, our conservation lab parallels a hospital emergency room. We treat pictures that have suffered everything from floods to bullet holes. The problems we encounter and the dramatic results we can achieve are often impressive.

The anticipated results are discussed with the client before proceeding with any treatment. Our vast experience with works of art and family heirlooms allows us to accurately predict the degree of success we can achieve. For additional assurance, we frequently secure permission to test a piece before proceeding with any work. Read more about what to expect when submitting your art for restoration.

  • Embrittled paper can be rehydrated and supported with special tissues.
  • Fragmenting and tears can be effectively repaired.
  • Stains resulting from water, pressure-sensitive tapes, glues, mold or mildew (foxing) and rust can be eradicated or significantly reduced.
  • Pieces that have been improperly mounted or glued down to boards can usually be removed from mounts and all glue residue eliminated.
  • Pigments that are cupping or flaking off can be consolidated and stabilized.
  • Varnish, lacquers and shellac can be removed from most surfaces.
  • Folds can be reversed or significantly reduced with controlled humidification and drying procedures.
  • Cockling or waviness from exposure to excessive water or humidity can be reversed.
  • Severely deteriorated canvases can be relined adding support to the canvas and pigment layer.
  • Trimmed canvases can be strip lined making it possible
    to properly re-stretch them.
  • Torn or punctured paintings can be “rewoven” and pigment losses can be replaced.