Restoration & Conservation Includes
The repair of cuts and rips:
Fragile canvases are prone to cracking, tears and punctures. Canvases in this condition must be relined or mounted before restoration can take place. Once stabilized, the damaged area is filled and carefully in-painted.
Yellowed Varnish (Oil Paintings)
Although, varnish and shellacs effectively protect the surface of oil paintings, exposure to light, over a period of many years, yellows most old varnishes. For this reason, old paintings appear to loose their original colour palette, becoming dull and yellowed. The trained restorer uses solvents and neutralizers to remove the yellowed surface varnish without removing the original paint below. Once clean, a modern , non-yellowing dammar varnish is applied to protect the painting for years to come.
Foxing & Yellowing (Works of Art on Paper)
Appearing as brown spots on old watercolours, prints and drawings, foxing is caused by acid within the paper itself, or by acidic backing in framed works. Exposure to sunlight causes yellowing of art papers over time. If caught in the early stages, the paper can be carefully washed, de-acidified, and individual spots gently bleached by a certified professional restorer. This process can be successfully carried out on even the most fragile rice paper wood block prints.
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