Frames with cracks

When cracks begin to appear on the surface of a frame, this allows it to become unstable and more susceptible to elements and pests which may settle in these areas. Our frame conservator is able to restore the frame to its original stability. They will also be able to fill any cracks which may have been putting the frame in danger of deterioration.

Frames with broken parts and missing pieces

Ornate frames are especially vulnerable to their decoration breaking off or degrading over time. When a piece falls away our specialist frame conservator will be able to reapply the pieces with techniques that ensure no harmful chemicals are used. If a piece is missing, our conservator can remould the piece, either using any replicable parts which still exist, or by using artistic and historical knowledge to create an element which suits the style. They can create these out of gesso, wood or coloured clay. All re-adhered pieces are carefully colour-matched, so they are not out of place with the original frame.

Gilding restoration

Our framing conservators specialise in the conservation and reapplication of gilding on frames, as well as ceilings, architectural features, furniture and sculptures. The historic process of applying 23.5-carat gold or silver leaf can be reapplied to lost and damaged areas or the entire surface. The finish can then be aged and patinated to match the original or one of your choice.

Grime, dirt and dust on antique frames

Antique frames often have complex ornate surfaces, these easily collect dust as well as other airborne contaminants such as soot from open fires, nicotine, candles and general debris. Our expert frame conservator can remove these with delicate surface cleaning which will clear even the most deeply embedded dirt and dust.

Smoke damaged frames

After a fire, there is often a layer of soot left on the surface of a frame. This can begin to damage the frame further if it is not swiftly cleaned with professional solutions. Our frame conservators are able to provide a deep clean, as well as reapplying any lost colour or detail if required.

Replacement of unsafe materials on frames

Old picture frames often contain inappropriate backing and mount boards which may have a high level of acid. This acid transfers from the boards to the artwork, causing it to discolour and degrade. Our team of conservators will assess your frame and artwork for any potential dangers. If they find acidic elements, these materials can be safely removed in the studio and replaced with acid-free conservation grade boards that protect the artwork and prevent any further damage.

New glass on antique frames

Broken and missing glass can be replaced with UV glass, Tru Vue Museum Glass ®, or for historical integrity traditional crown glass can be provided. We can also replace standard glass with UV proof options if you’d like further protection for your artwork. 

New frames

If you’re interested in a new frame for your artwork, we can also provide you with a unique portfolio of choices which are tailored to your needs and preferences. 

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  1. I've been told my picture needs lining, what does that mean?

    We always make sure our clients understand the recommendations we are making to them, however, if you have been told your painting requires lining or relining it means the addition of a second canvas to a weakened original, to provide reinforcement and stability to an artwork.

    To find out more read our blog here about lining.

  2. There's mould on my oil painting, can it be removed?

    Yes, an oil painting that has been stored in a damp area, been subject to water damage or fluctuating temperatures can grow mould which can affect the surface of the painting and cause damage. Our team will treat the mould to stop it from spreading and then repair the damage caused.

  3. The oil paint on my picture is cracking, flaking and falling off, can it be fixed?

    Yes, first of all, avoid pressure or touching the surface, if possible keep the painting flat. Our conservators can consolidate the paint layer by applying localised adhesive with heat and pressure to secure the flaking paint layers. If required, we can fill missing areas and retouch to match the texture and colours of the painting.

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