10 Restoration Highlights from 2019!

Uncategorised

As we approach the end of the year, we’ve taken an interesting look back over the many restoration projects we have had the pleasure to complete in 2019. From tears and missing canvas to water damage and foxing, we have treated all manner of artworks, ceramics and furniture this year. Here’s some highlights from recent… Read more »

The restoration of a World War Two map

Uncategorised

A very special part of conservation is being able to learn more about the history and provenance of each piece that comes into the studio. For one map that we recently received, we were privileged to learn more about its fascinating place in history, dating back to the Second World War when the map was… Read more »

Banksy’s early artworks in Glasgow restored live

Uncategorised

As part of a visit to Glasgow in early 2001, Banksy’s ‘Peace is Tough’ exhibition (held jointly with Jamie Reid) at The Arches in Argyle Street saw the elusive, subversive artist leave three works inside the venue. They are of Mona Lisa surrounded by a picture frame and, on her left, a gun-toting monkey sporting… Read more »

Painting damaged due to broken air-conditioning

Uncategorised

The painting by the Renaissance master Raphael is becoming more and more damaged due to the humidity in the gallery where it’s on display in Italy. This is due to the failure to repair a faulty air-conditioning unit. Due to the humidity and the temperatures, these paintings have been kept at, the paintings have begun… Read more »

£35M of artwork saved following fire

Uncategorised

Previous castle guest Michael Douglas About 20 firefighters battled the blaze at Ackergill Tower in Caithness and averted a “near catastrophe” by preventing it from spreading to the main building. The blaze broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning at the grade A-listed building. A member of the public alerted the fire service… Read more »

Only 5% of the world’s artworks will survive the next 100 years

Uncategorised

According to Sotheby’s Institute of Art, only 5% of the world’s artworks will survive the next 100 years. It is a startling claim, causing concern for some art collectors, and disbelief in others. On first reading, only 5% seems to be a disproportionately small number able to survive, taking into account the innumerable artworks around… Read more »

Meet the puppy sniffing out infestations in artworks

Uncategorised

As any art collector is aware, the problem of infestations in artwork can result in untold damage, from both an aesthetic and financial perspective. The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has come up with a unique solution to rid itself of their unwanted guests. The 1.2 million visitors who come through the museum’s doors… Read more »

New Titian painting discovered

Uncategorised

Titian’s Mistress On the 8th May 2015, one of the Duke of Wellington’s paintings in Apsley House know as The Titian’s Mistress was being restored. Having come into his collection in 1813, experts believed the painting was a copy produced by later followers after Titian’s death in 1576. However, after years of dirt, grime and… Read more »

‘Snorting Copper’ by Banksy restored by Fine Art Restoration Company

Uncategorised

The iconic ‘Snorting Copper’ by Banksy has been successfully restored and returned to its rightful home in Shoreditch, London. The artwork, which first appeared on a public toilet block in 2001, had been subject to considerable damage. Property developers bought the site and proceeded with restoring Banksy’s embattled work by contacting the Fine Art Restoration… Read more »

The living Mona Lisa

Uncategorised

Florent Aziosmanoff has created a new interactive version of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Named “Living Mona Lisa”, she’s equipped with the same motion-sensing device that’s used in interactive video games. This allows her to pick up spectators’ movements and respond depending on her mood. Jean-Claude Heudin, who is the head of the Paris Internet… Read more »

Da Vinci? No! It’s Sally from the Co-op

Uncategorised

Shaun Greenhalgh is widely known as an art forger. For seventeen years between 1989 and 2006, he produced and sold a wide variety of paintings, sculptures and pottery forgeries. These were sold to museums, auction houses and private buyers, making him, his parents and brother nearly £1 million. In November 2005, he was responsible for… Read more »

Fundraising drive to restore 17th century painting

Uncategorised

The Entombment of Christ, by Il Guercino St Mary’s Church in Wanstead has reached out to the public to help them raise money to restore their 17th Century painting. Much to their relief, it has been confirmed that their painting is a contemporary studio copy of The Entombment of Christ, by Il Guercino. The painting… Read more »

2500 year old cave paintings restored

Uncategorised

In 1968, Dr David Grove, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discovered a series of 2500 year old cave paintings. These paintings had been known to the locals for years and had been hidden by a mass of mineral stains and graffiti due to them being neglected. The locals believed… Read more »

Boy punches hole In $1.5 million painting

Uncategorised

On Sunday 23rd August 2015, a 12 year old boy tripped and punched a hole in a $1.5 million painting. This is the first time that a piece of art loaned to Taiwan has suffered such damage. He was recorded on camera, tripping over the rope barrier around the 17th century oil painting “Flowers” at “The… Read more »

Art collector sued by the museum he donated to

Uncategorised

Joel Alexander Greene was sued on the 31st July 2015 after failing to provide sufficient documentation for the provenance of works of art he had donated to the Honolulu Art Museum. This is following Department of Homeland Security seizing seven of the works donated after being informed they were smuggled into America. All of the… Read more »

Bringing 3D printing to oil painting

Uncategorised

It’s no secret that the key to artists promoting and selling their work is to get people to look at it. They need to catch their attention, and Guido Salimbeni has found a completely new way of doing so. The Italian artist has started to embrace 3D printing technology by incorporating it into his artwork.… Read more »

Historical painting saved thanks to grant

Uncategorised

After having spent close to 100 hours working, the 114 year old painting is nearly restored. Thanks to Anne Zanikos and her team, the painting “Ben Milam Calling For Volunteers” can return back to the shrine next month. Painted by Harry Arthur McArdle in 1901, his descendants donated it to the Alamo Hall at some… Read more »

Picasso painting seized

Uncategorised

The painting, Head of a Young Woman, by Picasso drew the attention of French officials when an attempt was made to export the painting on Thursday 30th July. The Spanish authorities had previously refused to allow the painting to be exported. The painting is valued at more than €25 million and is thought to be… Read more »

Fake Picasso painting for sale

Uncategorised

On 26th June 2015, Dominic Currie made headline news. He had supposedly discovered a Pablo Picasso painting rolled up in one of his mother’s old suitcases in the loft. He claimed that the painting was given to his mother by his father, a Russian soldier in the 1950s who she had met on holiday in… Read more »