What items can we restore?

What items can we restore?

Alongside traditional easel painting conservation, we offer a comprehensive restoration service for a wide range of artworks, antique furniture, frames, ceramics and unique curios.

The breadth of conservation work that we carry out in the studio may surprise you.

If you have an item in need of restoration not listed below, get in touch and we can offer you some advice.

Oil Paintings on Canvas and Board

Types of Damage

  • Tears and holes
  • Water damage
  • Surface abrasions and scratches
  • Fire, smoke and soot contamination
  • Flaking and lost paint
  • Bitumen damage
  • Mould growth
  • Folded or creased artworks

 

For further information on our extensive oil painting, please see Oil Painting Restoration

Restoration Treatments

  • Removal of discoloured and perished varnish
  • Solvent-based intensive cleaning
  • Consolidation of flaking, cracked or lost paint
  • Full or strip reline of the canvas
  • Thread-by-thread tear and hole repair
  • Pigment matching of original paintwork
  • Re-touching
  • Re-varnish using conservation grade, non-yellowing varnish

 

Watercolours and Works on Paper

Drawings, Pencil Sketches, Certificates, Maps

 

Types Of Damage

  • Tears and holes
  • Foxing
  • Staining
  • Acid damage
  • Mould growth
  • Creasing
  • Insect damage
  • Water damage
  • Fire, smoke and soot contamination
  • Accidental defacement

 

For further information on our extensive oil painting, please see Watercolour and Works on Paper Restoration

 

 

 

Restoration Treatments

  • Removal and replacement of inappropriate materials and backing board
  • Float wash to remove impurities and surface contaminants
  • Treatments to address staining
  • Tear repair using Japanese tissue and liquid paper pulp
  • Combined heat, humidity and weight pressure treatment for reversal of creasing
  • Decontamination and treatment of insect-infected items
  • Pigment matching of original paintwork
  • Re-touching

Antique Furniture

Antique tables, chairs, bureaus, desks, clocks, chandeliers and deed boxes

 

 

 

 

Types of Damage

  • Broken and unstable items
  • Missing parts or areas of decoration
  • Surface abrasions and scratches
  • Scuffed varnish
  • Insect infestation
  • Torn, faded or worn upholstery
  • Broken mechanisms

 

For further information, please see Furniture Restoration

Restoration Treatments

  • Surface cleaning
  • French polishing, waxing and lacquering
  • Address structural issues to provide stability
  • Remould and carve missing areas including decoration
  • Strip or part strip of perished varnish layer
  • Treatment and re-polish of scratched and abraded surfaces
  • Repair or replace upholstery
  • Decontamination and treatment of insect-infected items
  • Pigment matching and retouching of any original paintwork

Ceramics

Bone china, stoneware, terracotta, earthenware, terracotta, porcelain and glass

Ornaments, tableware, pottery, sculptures and figurines

Types of Damage

  • Damaged, chipped or cracked items
  • Surface abrasions and scratches
  • Faded patterns or paintwork

 

For further information, please see Ceramic Restoration

Restoration Treatments

  • Surface cleaning
  • Stabilising cracks
  • Aligning broken pieces and shards
  • Remoulding missing areas and decoration
  • Retouching by hand painting or airbrushing

Textiles

 Embroidery, needlework, upholstery, tapestries, carpets and curtains

Types of Damage

  • Ripped or torn upholstery 
  • Torn or faded fabric 
  • Smoke damage
  • Water damage
  • General wear and tear
  • Accidental damage

 

For further information, please see Textile Restoration

Restoration Services

  • Repair of torn and damaged fabrics
  • Reattachment or reupholstering of materials
  • Carefully matched dyed threads and fabrics
  • Torn or faded fabric wallpaper restored using liquid paper pulp for filling and retouching
  • Intensive cleaning and decontamination.

Frames

Types of Damage

  • General wear and tear 
  • Cracking
  • Lost or damaged decorative areas
  • Tarnished finish
  • Accumulation of dust and dirt in complex ornate surfaces 
 
For further information, please see Frame Restoration

 

 

Restoration Services

  • Surface cleaning
  • Repair of cracks by filling and stabilising
  • Remoulding or carving with specialist materials lost or damaged decorative areas
  • Colour match and patinate to complement the surrounding frame.
  • Re-gilding
  • Alternatively, we can supply new frames to suit the age and style of your artwork

Painted ceilings, wall paintings and murals

For large scale projects that require on-site restoration work, we can visit the artwork to make an assessment. We can then provide our recommendations and a quote for the most suitable conservation.

As part of our recommendations, we will provide advice on any structural and environmental factors currently affecting the artwork, and we will navigate all necessary health and safety processes and accessibility issues to ensure that the whole restoration process is carried out to the highest standards.

When working on-site, our conservators can fully stabilise the artwork and surrounding area, and carry out the required treatments.

Street Art

If you have street art in need of restoration, we can attend a site visit and make an assessment of the treatments required. We can then provide our recommendations and a quote for the most suitable conservation, considering likely environmental factors.

Once a treatment plan has been formulated, we can attend to the restoration on-site, or if preferable, can provide our advice on how to carefully extract the artwork and complete the restoration in our studio.

Our previous street art work involves the restoration of Banksy’s Snorting Copper, which you can read more about here.

Curios

Scale Models, Fabric Lamps, Collectible Cards

Our expertise extends to working on more unique items such as fabric lamps, scale models and collectible cards.

Our textile conservator is able to repair torn fabric, to ensure that the your lamp is structurally sound and functional. 

For any scale models such as aircraft, our conservator can source any required parts for broken mechanisms or re-attach parts that are missing or damaged.

Our works on paper conservator can provide advice for preserving precious collectible cards. Please see our works on paper section for further information.

 

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