CONSERVATION

Our knowledge of art and architectural history as well as our generations of hands on experience with the methods and materials of period artisans enables us to conserve original decorative finishes without sacrificing their unique character.

Our Methodology

  • Determine the original appearance of the surface in terms of color and sheen.
  • Locate areas where the original finish has not been disturbed.
  • Consult historic photos when available
  • Conduct microscopic analysis to establish the existence of original glazes or later adjustments to the finish
  • Develop a detailed multi-disciplined treatment program to accurately preserve what a finish looked like when first applied

As members of the AIC, our work is completed in accordance with generally accepted conservation guidelines, such as those identified in The Code of Ethics and The Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, as well as the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

 


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