Conservation and Restoration of Art and Antiques
We specialize in the conservation and restoration of Spanish, Spanish Colonial, Italian, Mexican / Folk, and European Art. Conservation is the preservation, repair, and prevention of the deterioration of artifacts; restoration is the renovation and return of an artifact to its original condition.
We provide quality conservation and restoration of a diverse array of artifacts, including but not limited to the following:
Figures and statues such as cherubs, angels, and Santos
- Clean and repair damage.
- Replace and cast broken and missing figure parts.
- Cast and reproduce missing hands, eyes, feet, fingers.
- Any body part of figures, statues or Santos.
- We match with detail the original colors, textures, and finish.
- Our techniques include: Sgraffito, estofado, polychrome egg tempera, and gold, silver, and copper leaf water gilding.
Frames, candlesticks, and other wood objects
- Clean and remove layers of over-paint
- Consolidate deteriorating surface
- Reinforce structure
- Replace missing pieces and broken corners.
- Restore broken embellishments and ornamentation; replicate decorative trim.
- Repair cracks and rejoin open corners.
- Restore pieces with bone, shell, and mother of pearl inlay.
- Water gild gold, silver, and copper leaf; age new leaf to match the original frame.
- Sand, strip, stain and/or paint.
- Distress, tone, and glaze to match with the original finish.
- We restore Mexican lacquerwork (lacas) such as votive boxes (cajas de votaciones), trays (bateas), almohadillas, chests (arquetas/cajoneras), candlesticks, jewelry boxes (coffres), and more. Lacquerwork typically has decorative painted designs or pictures.
Oil paintings on canvas
- Clean grim and dirt from painting surface
- Remove over-paint, previous repairs, and old varnish
- Edge-line canvas, to remedy worn canvas corners and to strengthen painting
- Conserve and restore paintings: consolidate and mend holes, flatten and readjust canvas thread, fill in losses and tears, and then varnish before inpainting to isolate the restoration work that is going to be done; next, inpaint and then varnish
- *All restoration techniques are reversible, and any retouching is limited to the specific areas of paint loss or support damage
- *Each painting is carefully considered on a case-by-case basis
- Paintings on wood, leather, and tin, such as retablos and more.
Decorative painted wooden artifacts
- We restore decorative painted wooden artifacts such as furniture, chests, boxes, trunks, panels, and more.
- We are fluent with techniques including Sgraffito, estofado, polychrome egg tempera, and gold, silver, and copper leaf water gilding.