As conservation framers, we try our utmost to make sure that your artworks are treated and presented in a way which will keep them at their best for many years to come so that you will be able to enjoy them for a very long time. Whilst today we understand the importance of using acid free materials, reversible processes, and protecting artworks from ultraviolet light with specialist glazing, these requirements were not always understood in the past and the materials we use today were not always available.
Time, the environment, and accidents can all take their toll on works of art and their frames. Dust, dirt, acid in mountcard and in the paper, nicotine, smoke, and yellowing varnish can all over time affect the appearance of artworks. Whilst restoration may not always be able to repair all the ravages of time, the appropriate restoration approach can, with care, enhance the appearance of many artworks, helping to improve their appearance, and increase the pleasure they give while conserving them for the future. We work with specialist restorers for both easel paintings and works on paper.
Our selection of restorers and their work is overseen by Marion Foster, who trained at the Courtauld Institute as a restorer of oil paintings. If the artworks themselves are presented in antique or period frames which contribute to the overall aesthetic effect, we can restore and repair the frames, replacing missing or damaged moulding and doing gilding in our own workshops.
Using historical framing styles on art pieces of the same period or in juxtaposition with very modern pictures can be very effective. The same can also be said for mirrors in interiors. Yet, a damaged frame however old can disrupt the eye and hinder the overall design.
We can mould replacement pieces to restore losses, and refinish the surfaces with gold, paint, and gilt creams so that the surface matches the rest of the frame perfectly. For mirrors, we also advise on using modern antiqued glass in period frames. Standard mirror is too clear and perfect, disrupting the effect gained through using an antique frame. However, with a few added imperfections to the mirror, to complement the frame, the desired effect is completed.
Please come in with your challenge or send us some photos so that we can advise you on what is best.
Restoration of Watercolours, Prints, and Works of Art on Paper is a service which is overseen by Marion Foster MA Cantab who has a Diploma in the Conservation of Paintings from the Courtauld Institute of Art. We also employ a Fine Art Conservator with over 25 years of experience who specialises in treating artworks on paper.
Ideally all artwork should be in a stable condition prior to framing, without damages, stains, cellotape, or foxing. Restoring an artwork can significantly improve the long term condition of the work; repair losses and return artwork to a state closer to how it was intended to be viewed.
We can clean and conserve fragile works; remove art pieces which have been stuck to boards; treat discolouration and foxing stains; repair losses; and ensure they are in the best condition for the future.
Once a piece has been restored it is important to employ conservation techniques in framing so that the problems are less able to reoccur. Paper artworks should always be sealed between acid free mount boards and kept away from the glass. Furthermore to stop fresh discolouration, we offer a range of conservation glass options, with up to 99% UV protection, to guard your artwork from harmful light.
Restoration of Paintings on Canvas and Panel is a service which is overseen by Marion Foster MA Cantab who has a Diploma in the Conservation of Paintings from the Courtauld Institute of Art. We also employ a Fine Art Conservator with over 25 years of experience in the field.
We can provide a full restoration and conservation service; surface cleaning accumulated dust and smoke; the removal of discoloured oil based varnishes to reveal original colours; relining canvases where the paint layer is separating; retouching paint losses to match the original.
Ideally all artwork should be in a stable condition prior to framing, clean, free from flaking paint, and with a canvas in good condition. Restoring an artwork can significantly improve the long term condition of the work; repair losses and return artwork to a state closer to how it was intended to be viewed.
A restored piece can then be framed sympathetically. We can advise on antique, modern, and reproduction frames as required and create the perfect frame for your artwork!