The history and restoration of Chinese panel art

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Our paper conservator recently restored a pair of Chinese panels. The illustrations featured a busy scene of everyday life at a grand house and the countryside beyond. This article will share the rich history of these beautiful works on paper as well as exploring their delicate restoration process. What is Chinese panel art? The history… 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. Above: before and after the restoration of an antique… 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 »

How to protect paper from damage

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Paper artworks such as watercolours, prints, photographs, posters and documents can be protected from harm with simple methods. This includes the correct atmosphere, protective non-acidic framing, and avoiding brightly lit areas that may have caused fading. Above: an antique engraving which has been affected by foxing, before and after restoration by our paper conservator  Find… 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 »

Repairing a tear in a watercolour

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Torn watercolours can be professionally restored with amazing results. Find out more in the video below featuring our ICON accredited paper conservator: How can we help? If you have a watercolour, print, document, letter, photograph, or any other item which has been affected by tears or deterioration, please reach out to our helpful team who… Read more »