Museum Quality Art Conservation and Frame Restoration
Some of the Museum Quality Art Conservation and Frame Restoration services that LaMantia Gallery offers are the following.
Cleaning and Varnish removal:
All accumulated dirt and varnish is removed. Various aqueous solutions are used based on age, condition, and technique used by the artist. The back of the painting may be treated to help alleviate dry or brittle conditions, and the painting is re-varnished with an appropriate protective varnish. This process should never be taken lightly and attempted by a non-professional.
Lining of paintings: Many paintings on stretched canvas will be in need of a BEVA lining. This is due to many years of contraction and expansion, dry and humid atmospheric conditions, insect infestation, and sometimes general neglect. A lining involves removing the canvas from it’s stretchers and adhering the canvas substrate to a stable, archival linen. The painting is then re-stretched either on the original stretchers or a replacement if necessary. This process is reversible and provides a stable, flat surface to help preserve the painting structure.
Repairing of tears and abrasions: In some cases, it may be possible to apply a small, reversible patch to repair a puncture or tear in a canvas. This procedure should always be characterized as a “stop gap” method of conservation. We discourage the use of patches on any painting of significant value. If retouch or repair of missing paint is necessary, the conservation is performed using a minimalist approach in order to achieve optimum visual results. All conservation is reversible and will appear under ultraviolet light. We do offer strip-lining, and seaming of tears for certain types of conservation when lining is not an option.
Warping of Wooden Substrates and Moisture Problems
LaMantia Gallery has the skills to duplicate any finish. The most common choices include:
-22kt. Gold leaf or 18kt. White gold. (Oil and burnished water gilding)
- Gold Metal leaf or Silver leaf. When Metal leaf gilding is finished properly, it can be very difficult to differentiate from real gold leaf.
- Wood, veneer, faux finished frames repaired and refinished
De-Acidification – Old works on paper were often assembled in their frames improperly. Framers would choose wood backing boards or cardboard like materials. Acids in these materials will often bleed into the art and form stains, and cause deterioration. Our process can prevent further deterioration and often strengthen the art.
Treatment for mold – Mold spores from damp conditions can form on paper art. If not treated, the mold will spread and destroy fibers of the paper substrate.
Stain Removal and Lightening – Stains and spots can often be removed to almost nothing without losing ink, paint and even pencil. Removal of mounted items – Papers were often mounted to cardboard, wood, and other substrates. We usually can remove these items in order to preserve.
Archival paper supports – Tears and other damages often require this type of stabilization.
Mending of tears, punctures, and cuts.
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