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Our trained team have an extensive range of conservation methods to resolve issues from cleaning through to repairing large tears.

Typical oil paintings restored in our studio include:

  • Oil on canvas
  • Oil on panel
  • Oil on copper

We can also assist with paintings on an unusual or rare material. Our conservation team has restored oil paintings by influential and historically important artists such as Constable, Godfrey Kneller, the studio of Canaletto, Anthony Van Dyck, Francesco Nuvolone, and many more.

Tintoretto

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DISCOLOURED & YELLOWING VARNISH

Over time, the surface of a canvas can easily become discoloured by dust, dirt, grime and smoke from tobacco and open fires. Using conservation solutions, our conservators can safely remove surface dirt and old varnish with fantastic results. Following restoration, oil paintings can have a new conservation-approved varnish applied in our studio.

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TEARS AND HOLES

Tears often look severe, but we can fully repair any rip, hole or puncture by drawing the canvas back together thread to thread. Our trained conservators use methods that are in line with museum standards.

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LINING

Even if your painting is badly damaged, loose or torn, we can strengthen and support it with a lining – the addition of a second canvas to a weakened original, to provide reinforcement and stability to an artwork.

CRACKING AND FLAKING PAINT

If the surface of your oil painting has become cracked and areas of paint are lifting from the canvas, we can re-adhere flaking paint, fill any losses, carefully retouch and colour-match any lost pigment. All retouching is completed as sparingly as possible and will sit between isolating layers of varnish, this will help to ensure that the historic and artistic integrity of the painting is not disturbed.

Cracked birds example

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MOULD AND WATER DAMAGE

Mould is caused by the painting being kept in damp, humid and poorly ventilated conditions or from water damage. Left untreated, it can spread and cause severe deterioration. Water damage can cause an assortment of issues such as staining, blooming varnish and mould growth. Our restoration team can professionally treat these issues to reverse the damage and prevent decay.

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How much will my artwork restoration cost?

  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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