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The piece just arrived via UPS and all we can say is WOW! Please pass along our pleasure at receiving this piece back in this quality. It’s outstanding. We’ve dealt with you for many years. Well over $15,000 in restorations. Several years ago we hand delivered 20 pieces all at once, then also picked them up. It was like a party with pieces all over your lobby! You are the best and we like quality.- Tim and Jamie - Pennsylvania
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Paintings and FramesOver time, original artwork sustains all sorts of damage. As conservators, we owe it to you and your artwork to recommend the best techniques for preserving it for future generations. We offer you the best options to restore your artwork, while maintaining the integrity of the piece. How can you provide the best care for your paintings? See our
Suggestions for Helping You Preserve Your Paintings and Frames
- Maintain an environment between 40 and 60 percent humidity.
- Avoid hanging pictures in direct sunlight; this can cause fading of some pigments, yellowing of varnish.
- Avoid hanging near fireplaces, heating and air conditioning vents, bathrooms or outside walls due to rapid environmental fluctuations.
- Avoid lighting that generates enough heat to warm the surface of the painting.
- Use small rubber spacers on the back of the frame to increase air circulation behind the picture.
- Do not touch the painting with your fingers; the natural oils in your skin can cause damage and leave marks that may appear decades later.
- Avoid using pesticides, foggers, air fresheners and furniture sprays near paintings.
- Remove art from the room before plastering, painting, wallpapering or steam-cleaning carpet.
- Do not try to clean a painting yourself, or use any liquid on a painted surface.
- Varnish becomes discolored and affects the artist's intended colors.
- Tears in the canvas appear.
- Paint flakes and cracks.
- Mold or insects appear on the painting.
- The surface is rippled or out-of-plane.
All of the before and after images are of actual items that we have repaired, restored and/or conserved.
Paintings DeterioratePaintings are made up of organic materials—paints and pigments, wooden frames, and linen canvas—that naturally deteriorate. They can even become unrecognizable without intervention.
Each painting and frame is carefully considered on a case-by-case basis. A plan of care is established, and restoration begins. We use
ConsolidationA technique for securing flaking ground or paint. Consolidation can be done in a single location on the painting or to the overall work utilizing a heat table.
LiningSevere damage can sometime make it necessary to add a secondary backing to the painting.
in-paintingto preserve your oil paintings.
In-paintingUsing either photographs of the artwork or cues from the artist's brushstrokes as a guide, conservators can touch up portions of a painting that have been ripped, torn or flaked away, restoring the painting to the artist's original intention. This technique is known as inpainting. It is different than overpainting, when paint is applied over original paint, and it is not an acceptable conservation technique.
The Craftsmanship of Antique FramesFrames enhance artwork. Especially if the artwork is in its original frame, or in one from an appropriate era. At Wiebold Studio, our conservators use time-tested, proven techniques to repair, restore, or conserve a frame either alone, or with its piece of art.
What Can We Do for Your Paintings and Frames?
- Correct yellowing varnish
- Restore shifting paint colors
- Remedy cracked or flaking paint and pigment
- Repair rippled, loose, dry, or rotted canvas
- Repair cracks and out-of-joint corners
- Repair broken frame embellishments and ornamentation
- Recreate missing ornamentation
- Regild or touch-up your gold and silver leaf
- Toning and glazing to blend repairs with original finish