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Whether these are antique or contemporary, our watercolour conservation team can offer a range of sensitive treatments to stabilise and protect delicate artworks. In many cases, restoration may be possible even if the damage seems beyond repair. In our specialist studio, conservators often come across watercolour paintings with a wide variety of deterioration, including foxing, mould, warping and signs of water or smoke damage. All of these issues can be carefully restored with sensitive techniques.

Our paper conservator is able to professionally restore:

  • Mould growth and moisture disturbances
  • Foxing, staining and discolouration
  • Tears and creasing
  • Water damage
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Acidic mount and frame deterioration

Professional watercolour restoration treatments

Our paper conservator is ICON accredited, this was awarded by the Institute of Conservation because his treatments align with their professional standards. All techniques are carefully tested before the watercolour restoration takes place to ensure your artwork is treated as sensitively as possible.

Protective framing

Our specialist frame technicians offer conservation-appropriate options to protect your artwork following restoration. Watercolours will be mounted safely away from the glass in acid-free surroundings to prevent deterioration. To protect colour, we suggest that UV protective glass is considered to prevent fading. Our team offers museum view glass that both protects and has a less reflective quality for a clear display.

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Bespoke conservation mounts & new framing

Our team can provide you with a portfolio of new framing options to suit the era of your watercolour painting, from traditional gilt designs to simple and modern styles. Bespoke framing portfolios will allow you to see what the final display will look like before you make a decision.

A variety of creative mounts can also be fitted to your artwork, including multi-tiered mount boards in various colours and hand drawn washlines from our extensive catalogue of examples. We can also recreate historic washlines and details that you may have seen in museums or galleries.

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Our restored map was delivered and it was a superb outcome. We couldn’t stop admiring it; the colours and pictures were fresh and clear and the whole map looked perfect. An amazing result!

You don’t really own old family paintings, you are merely a custodian, so having them restored can be a nerve-racking experience. That is why I went with an expert team I could trust to restore a painting that is very dear to my heart. The restoration is superb and my family will continue to enjoy the results for generations to come.

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Modern pastel portrait
Handwritten Paoer Water Damage
Queen poster
Modern art poster
Antique map
Discoloured antique print
Torn discoloured watercolour

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