Following an assessment, identification of the varnish and the underlying pigments was established before treatment began. The varnish was removed revealing the vibrant colours in the artwork. Punctures and tears were repaired with compatible and reversible sympathetic conservation quality materials.
A 18th century print which had been cropped; that is its original margins cut away at some time. After stabilising the print handmade paper edges were added to allow for handling and mounting. The handmade deckle edges were left in tact.
Queen Charlotte, an 18th century engraving.
Charcoal DrawingThe aesthetic as well as physical integrity of this drawing was severely compromised by acidic mount boards, insect infestation, acidic migration and Sellotape stains.
A Colour Lithographic PrintThis lithograph had darkened considerably due to a discoloured varnish, which was cracking and peeling away the printing ink and paper.
The Adoration of the Shepherds c 1599, an Engraving by Hendrick Goltzius, 1558-1617.
After treatment the print was float mounted, (all edges visible) in a deep mount using Japanese tissue hinges & archival adhesive.
Ultra violet filtering glass was placed over the mount and the package was sealed around the edges with archival paper tape to prevent pollution from entering.
The wooden frame was sealed inside with aluminium backed tape to protect the print.
After treatment the work was hung on an interior wall, with mininimal daylight exposure.