Can paintings be valued
by photo or email image?
No. Valuations can only be conducted by examination of
Can antique picture
frames with missing parts be restored?
Badly damaged antique picture frames with missing parts
can usually be fully restored.
What Processes are involved in
cleaning a painting?
Usually this involves removing a film of dirt /smoke/nicotine
or all three. Removing original varnish and revarnishing.
This process does not interfere with the original paint
What does restoring
a painting mean?
This involves repairing the damaged canvas/board and inpainting
to match existing colour and texture.
What does 'lining' mean?
This is carried out when a canvas is extensively torn
or holed. The canvas is laid on a new canvas and bonded
with a traditional beeswax and resin compound which has
been used for this purpose for centuries. It is particularly
safe as, unlike modern glue processes, it is completely
reversible over years to come.
What does strip-lining
This is a process where the canvas, which has rotted along
the stretcher bars, is replaced because the body of the
canvas has suffered no damage.
all paintings be cleaned?
Generally speaking they can. However, in some cases, and
for various reasons, a painting will not clean or has
been so badly damaged that it would not be viable to proceed.
How do I know if my painting
will clean and how much will it cost?
A quick examination and test will tell us whether
or not it will clean successfully.
How much will it cost?
Unfortunately, every painting is different and
cost can only be determined after examination. For example,
your painting might have a value of £15,000 and
to undertake the required work would cost £500:
this would be well worth doing. On the other hand, the
painting might only have a value of £50 but the
restoration work might still be as extensive. You would
have to take the decision whether or not to proceed.
How long does it take?
This is determined by the extent of work required
to the painting. Normally, the more paint to be replaced,
the longer it takes. We try not to hold work for longer
than 12 weeks.
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