Electronic preservation: digital restoration of important photographs

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Photographs can be vitally important as both personal and historical artefacts, capturing the faces of loved ones and ancestors as well as famous figures and significant events over the course of the 20th century. However, this modern medium does not always face the test of time well and may encounter devastating damage that cannot always… Read more »

Fascinating flora: botanical illustration care & restoration

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Botanical illustrations recording natural history are a popular and important art form, with original plates and reprints of historic watercolours used for both scientific and decorative purposes. These works on paper can often be fragile due to their medium and age, requiring specific atmospheric conditions, specialist framing and professional conservation treatments to ensure their longevity. … Read more »

Mesmerising mezzotints: the restoration & safe display of antique prints

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Monochrome engravings, etchings, mezzotints and aquatints require specialist care and attention due to their high value and historic significance. With some antique engravings dating as far back as the 15th century, these delicate works on paper may have been stored and displayed in a variety of challenging environmental conditions. Now hundreds of years old, they… Read more »

Banksy on paper: protecting contemporary prints

Artists, Contemporary Art, Guides and advice, Latest News, Murals & Street Art, Specialist Items, Useful articles, Works On Paper

For the last decade, the renowned yet mysterious street artist Banksy has continued to grow in popularity. And whilst his influential murals are central to his artform, their location and complexity in ownership make them hard for a collector to obtain. Therefore, the market for Banksy prints is stronger than ever, with numbered pieces often… Read more »

Cinema memorabilia rescue: how to save damaged posters and lobby cards

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Movie memorabilia is an appealing area for many collectors, whether this is through connections to nostalgia or famous franchises, or the ever-rising monetary value or rare items. When collectibles are met with damage through natural or accidental means, it can be devastating and some may be more vulnerable to deterioration than others. Works on paper,… Read more »

Japanese woodblock conservation: specialist methods for distinctive prints

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Japanese woodblock prints are highly collectable, they are prized for their unique and appealing style, as well as their long history which dates back over a thousand years. When traditional woodblock prints, also known as mokuhanga, face damage or deterioration, they require a specialist conservator who is experienced in this area. Their specialist nature in… Read more »

Photography restoration: protecting and reviving moments from the past

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Photographs can have value both as important family pieces and valuable artworks. Although today we have great emphasis on the ability to digitally copy and reproduce what was once physical media, the material significance of a photographic print may still require treatment from a professional conservator.  There is often a debate over whether the physical… Read more »

The history and restoration of Chinese panel art

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In early 2021, our paper conservator has been working on a pair of detailed Chinese panels. Their intriguing illustrations featured a busy scene of everyday life at a grand house and the countryside beyond. We have looked into the history of these wonderful pieces, as well as exploring the restoration process of these unique works… Read more »

Cartography conservation: restoring maps and historic geography

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The history of cartography is the history of human exploration, making sense of the world in pursuit of science and political boundaries. Geography also plays a part in artistic or personal endeavours, in the creation of satirical or creative map-making, or the recording of family history. Early cartography dates back to ancient civilisations. One of… Read more »

A New Hope: the restoration of beloved Star Wars poster

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For 25 years, Neville Ferris drove the length and breadth of the country, collecting something so unique that it gained him recognition in an ever-growing, dedicated community. This labour of love allowed him to meet and befriend legends amongst those who shared his passion, whilst creating a piece of impressive memorabilia which celebrated hundreds of… Read more »

Common types of damage to watercolours

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A watercolour painting is one of the most sensitive genres of artwork, these delicate landscapes and portraits require professional conservation treatments following damage to ensure their safety. Above: a watercolour before and after restoration due to foxing and acidic discolouration  Watercolours can face drastic deterioration from humidity levels, sunlight exposure, accidents and household disasters such… Read more »