Pictures can become worn and damaged and also fade, rot or even corrode. Change and decay cannot be prevented altogether, but by an understanding of the materials involved, a conservator/restorer can assist in holding things in a steady state.
In fact, a picture begins to deteriorate from the moment it is finished. Changes are produced by chance, by light and air, dust, wear and tear or even harmful gases, insects and humidity.
So, conservation can be viewed as an ongoing matter, like vehicle maintenance, not just a case of magical restoration after serious damage has occurred, in the hope of returning the picture to its full original appearance.
The most that a conservator can do is to stave off the working of those factors that affect the picture and then to recover what is left of its ‘character’.
Thus the aim is to recover the legibility of the work of art whilst respecting the aesthetic and historic characteristics of its appearance and age.
- The conservators aim should be to responsibly and sympathetically preserve the character of the original as much as possible.
- All work is undertaken after a physical examination and tests of the artwork.
- A written report and photographs will be included with a quotation.
- Collection, delivery and insurance can be arranged.