We are able to carry out a broad range of conservation treatments to the highest standard and have extensive experience conserving a wide variety of works on paper of all ages. This includes watercolours, prints, gouache, pastels, ink and chalk drawings and 3D objects such as papier-màché, by a diverse range of artists from Old Masters to contemporary.
Examples of conservation treatments carried out on a regular basis include:
| The removal of acidic backings | Conservation cleaning | De-acidification | Consolidation of flaking media | Paper repair including infilling of losses, tear repair and pulp repair | Inlaying | Treatment and removal of mould | Rust removal | Pressing | lining | Retouching |
We are able to document, research and assess items and we are always happy to discuss treatment options at length with clients. However, sometimes we might dissuade you from undertaking unnecessary work: we might suggest simply changing an acidic mount and installing museum glass to arrest further deterioration, for instance.
The studio upholds the ICON Professional Guidelines and the ECCO Code of Ethics.
We are able to take on projects of all sizes and sometimes work on-site if required. We strive to work to the highest possible standards and believe that maintaining the integrity and long-term stability of each individual object is paramount.
Assessments and estimates are provided without charge.
We work for independent collectors, dealers, commercial galleries, museums and the major auction houses: Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams.
Some of our public sector clients have included the following:-
| Architectural Association | Barbican Art Gallery | British Dental Association | British Library | Jerwood Foundation | Imperial War Museum | Lloyds of London | Museum of London | The Wellcome Foundation | Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge | The William Heath Robinson Trust |