Master Framers offers expert art restoration. Our conservators will examine your piece, write up a condition report and recommend a course of treatment.
Paintings that have tears or punctures can be repaired. It does not matter to us if the painting was done by a famous artist, or a family member or friend. Every piece is treated with professional care and methods.
Treatments can vary from a light surface cleaning and re-varnishing to a full re-lining. Many paintings have been painted on low quality canvas, muslin, or some other kind of fabric that is deteriorating as it ages. These can be re-lined onto new canvas or an aluminum panel so they will last far into the future. Areas of paint loss can be filled and touched up once the painting has been cleaned. Once the touch up has been completed, a new protective coat of varnish is applied. Not only does this coat of varnish protect the surface of the painting, but it also saturates the paint and brings the colors to life.
Here is a short video from The Smithsonian which illustrates some of what is involved in conserving a damaged painting.
Objects such as glass, ceramics, metal, and plaster can be assessed by a variety of trained conservators that Master Framers utilizes. It is always a good idea to call ahead if you are interested in having someone take a look at something needing restoration.
Paper documents and antique prints can be repaired, minimizing the ravages of time and the use of poor quality framing materials in the past. Tears, folds, some insect damage, light damage, acid burns from wood pulp mats, and foxing can all be addressed and most often restored.
Fabrics and garments that have been damaged can often be repaired with gentle handling and care. Do you have a family heirloom like a christening gown or the gloves worn at your grandmother's wedding that needs repair or needs a frame for display? We can suggest the proper treatment for cleaning, any repairs, and display.