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Category Archives: In Lab

Oil and Acrylic Paintings on Canvas Bulls-eye Cracking Patterns – What they tell an Art Collector

What caused it?
How long does it take to show up after the artwork has been hit?

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Art Conservation Cleaning of Artwork With Saliva Wins Chemistry Harvard’s Ig Nobel Prize

Painting restoration and cleaning artwork is the subject of what we suspect is humor from Harvard. The award was reported in “Chemistry World” which has been given out since 1991 called the “Ig® Nobel Prize”, “For achievements that first make people … Continue reading

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Amateur Art Restoration Ruins Artwork… Again!!!

U.S. & WORLD report

“Amateur restoration attempt ruins artwork,” ABC reports during Action News on July 1, 2018 as did dozens of other international news sources including U.S. & World Report
Their warning and coaching for you? “Recruiting an amateur to restore … Continue reading

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Gorgeous Gilded Age Society Oil Painting Dented by Freak Accident, Los Angeles  –  Art Restoration Due Diligence Tips for Art Collectors

This article and video entertains you with a Los Angeles story about surprising impact damage on 19th century paintings of high society fashion with some tips on condition from an art conservator. See several paintings of gorgeous women in The … Continue reading

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Saving and Preserving Collectibles, Heirlooms and Memorabilia from Montecito’s Mudslides of Interest to the New York Times

The New York Time’s Visit to Santa Barbara and Their Interest In The Story of Saving and Preserving Collectibles and Heirlooms from Montecito’s Mudslides
by Phillip Justice, Guest Blogger
 

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Valuable Exquisite 150 Year Old Painting Destroyed by Careless Handling and Shipping

Damage to artwork from careless handling, lousy packing and then shipping is completely avoidable… and you’d think that an exquisitely painted, $75,000.00 valued oil painting would automatically be treasured and cared for!
This extensive damage which resulted from lack of care … Continue reading

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Painting Restoration Testimonial from Salt Lake City of an Historic Portrait of George Washington

This is something we see all the time in our painting conservation laboratory; someone accidentally pokes the 19th century painting on canvas with very little effort and causes a hole or rip. Sometimes its amazing how fragile these paintings are.
Oil … Continue reading

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Cleaning a painting with smoke damage 30 sec video

Cleaning smoke damage from artwork, other framed items and collectibles is a service we routinely take care of. Paintings are often darkened by discolored varnish too. This gorgeous tonalist vintage painting, about 1920, by Granville Redmond  re-emerges from the darkness … Continue reading

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Lining Large Paintings Highlighted by American Institute for the Conservation of historic and Artistic Works

An action photo of the lining process (art restoration treatment) of three 30′ paintings in this month’s header of the Facebook page of the AIC, highlighted the art conservation practice of Fine Art Conservation Laboratories. Independent art conservators are represented … Continue reading

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Family Heirloom Painting Restoration in Salt Lake City – Testimonial

“What is a painting worth” is a subject I’ve written on several times; there’s financial value, emotional value and historical value. It’s doubly nice when your emotional ties or historical connection, like with a family heirloom, is also a really … Continue reading

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