Examples of completed work by Conserve paintings

Oil Painting- Structural Damages

Paintings sometimes suffer from serious structural damage. This painting required consolidation in line with relaxation, then varnish removal. It was double lined onto undyed linen in order to support its large tears. Localised in-painting followed and finally a semi- mat conservation varnish.

Portrait of Gentleman

  • Before Treatment
  • Detail of tear 
  • During varnish removal
  • After Treatment
Before Treatment

Oil Painting on Panel, Before - After Front

Conservation of Sixteenth Century Panel Painting. 

The "Earl of Leicester 1564" 

The panels warped and split as a result of their fixed confinement to heavy a mahogany cradle. The paint layer suffered with raised, flaking paint and loss.

Before - After Back

Conservation of Sixteenth Century Panel Painting. 

After treatment the panels are supported within a deep rebate oak skeleton frame which allows for the natural bowing and movement of the panels. Unfixed balsa strips provide a flexible cushion.


Oil on Canvas, Original gesso gilt Frame -Cleaning

Before Cleaning of Painting and Frame

After Cleaning of Painting and Frame

Oil on Canvas - Consolidation & Cleaning

Sir John Kyffin, 1980, "Venice"

The thick impasto on this Twentieth Century painting was displaying large, disfiguring cracks with imminent losses. 

Minimal intervention was required and this treatment cured the issues without leaving a trace.

 The canvas was carefully removed from its stretcher and consolidated with a light wax resin impregnation on a vacuum table before being remounted onto its stretcher with the original fixings. 

Surface cleaning was carried out and finally a protective matt conservation spray varnish.

Oil on Canvas - Cleaning

Lillian Colbourn 1948, "Mussel Gatherers"

Surface cleaning was carried out and finally a protective matt conservation spray varnish


Watercolour on Paper, Cleaning & Mount Removal.
                           Before - After

The watercolour, which had been lined onto a wood pulp board was over time becoming brown. 

Mounts and mount board removal. Followed by cleaning. During ageing the cellulose structure breaks down releasing organic acids and peroxides which eventually migrate into the watercolour paper gradually weakening and discolouring it further.  

Watercolour on Paper, Cleaning & Mount Removal.
                           Before - After

This watercolour had also been lined onto a wood pulp board and was becoming brown. 



Lithograph on Paper in Colours

Graham Sutherland c1975, 'Rams Head' 

Before Cleaning 

After Cleaning

Bespoke Framing

The client remembered how this little George Hayter used to be framed, drawing the moulding profile for us to source. It has been water gilded over a red earth bole and distressed and waxed. 

We offer a full bespoke framing service with both traditional and contemporary frames available.

Frame Restoration

This 19th Century Gilt and gesso frame had suffered damaged corners, missing mouldings and was also covered in bronze paint which had discoloured to brown.

It required a complete regild by hand; using traditional gesso, bole and gold leaf. It was then lightly distressed, toned and waxed to give this amazing finish.

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