Conservation services include but are not limited to:

Paintings and object assessment and consultation
Conservation treatment recommendations and project estimates
Single pieces or full collections
On-site, in situ and in studio
Condition reports and photo documentation
Conservation and restoration of paintings
Conservation and restoration of objects such as:
frames, furniture, gilded objects & wood carvings


All services adhere to the AIC Code of Ethics

Here are examples of some steps in the process of conservation and restoration which are provided to give you an idea of what kind of intervention may be involved, depending of the specific needs of the painting/object:

Repair to Torn Canvas (oil on canvas by Allela C. Cornell 1914-1946)

A severe tear in the middle of the canvas.


Left: Stabilization of damage. Right: Filling of torn area.


Inpainting, used to re-establish color and detail to losses in the paint layer.

Cleaning

Cleaning involves removing aged and discolored varnish; dirt, grime or accretions. It could be done on both sides - front and back of the piece.

Cleaning is viewed by many as a simple and routine procedure, but it is one of the most potentially damaging processes if undertaken by an amateur. It is recommended to consult with a conservator first.

Cleaning of smoke damage. "The Silent Pool" by Sidney Lawrence, 1927, oil on canvas

Broken and Missing Elements

When restoring a sculpture or any object in general, the process involves the steps mentioned above and could include repair and/or reassembling missing and broken pieces in order to restore the original.

The following shows part of the restoration of the plaster statue "Winged Victory" c. 1949 from the collection of the Idaho Historical Society.

It is a plaster replica of the original marble statue of Nike of Samothrace. The original statue was found on the island of Samothrace, Greece, in 1863 by a French vice-consul. The replica is a hollow form plaster cast supported by an armature structure.

This statue is part of a larger gift given to Idaho by the city of Paris as a 'thank you' to the United States for its aid in liberating France from Nazi Germany in World War II.


Wings before assembling to the body.


Winged Victory assembled before the start of the restoration of the missing details and damaged areas.


Cleaning of the surface.


This is an example of a missing element of the plaster sculpture.


The missing portion of the edge of the clothing has been modeled.

Inpainting of the filled area.


Inpainting.


After completion of the restoration.
On display at the Idaho State Capitol Building.


Restoration of George Washington Equestrian Statue, 1869 yellow pine with gilding

George Washington by Charles L. Ostner (1830-1913) Laonging, Austria

This statue was created by Ostner for the Idaho Territory and dedicated to its pioneers. He carved at night by torchlight for four years and used a postage stamp of George Washington as a model for the head.

The statue stood outside the Territorial Capitol in Boise until the building was removed for the Idaho State Capitol. It was restored and encased in a glass enclosure in 1996.


Crack and abrasion.


Filling of cracked area.


Gilding over filled area.


Finalizing the color blend of the newly gilded areas.


The statue after completion of the restoration.