Restoration of an Early 1900s Diploma

Throughout years of age and handling, this high school diploma became stained, torn and warped. After evaluation and testing it was determined that this work on paper was a candidate for a water bath.
The images below show the diploma before restoration, during water bath treatment, and after it was dried and its tears locally repaired.

Black Light as an Examination Tool

This oil painting on board by Florent Willems (1823-1905) was brought in for evaluation and treatment. Examination of the painting’s surface under normal and raking light exposed surface dirt, frame abrasions, fine craquelure, areas of blooming, and unevenness of varnish layers. To reveal a different aspect of the painting’s condition, it was also viewed under black light. Black…
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Preserving Family Portrait

Passed down for generations, this family portrait was involved in a water loss where it was directly exposed to glycol and insulation. After the painting was preemptively stabilized and cleaned, further evaluation revealed evidence of previous restoration, contaminated varnish, uneven fills, voids and heavy overpainting. The images below show the oil painting in its condition…
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