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    Restoration

    Time, the environment, and accidents can all take their toll on works of art and their frames. Careful restoration can both enhance the pleasure they give, and help keep them safe for the future. Our experienced team can manage most art restoration tasks on works in oils, acrylics or on paper as well as repairing and gilding period frames.

    Restoring Antique Frames

    Restoring Antique Frames

    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.

    Restoring Works on Paper
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    Restoring Works on Paper

    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.

    Restoring Works on Canvas
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    Restoring Works on Canvas

    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!