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For more than 60 years Antique Trader has been inspiring, informing and entertaining the collecting community with timely news coverage, lively collector profiles and in-depth articles on topics as varied and as broad as the big, bold, beautiful antiques world. Published 24 times a year and offering a weekly digital newsletter, Antique Trader provides expert insight, historical perspective, values and incomparable content, all designed to guarantee a robust and rewarding experience.

 

April Hann Lanford Author Antique Trader Fine Art and Antiques Expert Artifact Services Chicago Artmill Group

To Preserve and Protect

April Hann Lanford is the Principal of Artifact, a Chicago firm specializing in the preservation and protection of works of art and historical artifacts. Her story is one of curiosity and passion.

The American singer Tony Bennett is quoted as saying, “If you follow your passion, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Ever the enthusiast about antiques and history, I find myself active in a career that doesn’t feel like work but rather, feels like an adventure.

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Eye of the Storm

Professional advice on how to keep your collection safe before and after all hell breaks loose.

It is hard to believe, but this year marks the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, Katrina was the costliest natural disaster in our country’s history, causing more than $125 billion in damage, as well as one of the five deadliest. More than 1,800 people died in the hurricane and the subsequent floods.

Hurricanes and heavy storms can bring an onslaught of rain, which can result in flooding, loss of power and structural damage. Exposure to water, elevated levels of humidity and mold can be disastrous to collections of antiques, fine art and family heirlooms.

 

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Fire Protect Your Collectibles

What to do if your valuable collectibles are threatened by fire.

This year has brought on elevated temperatures and created an environment susceptible to wildfires. Fires have devastated California and Colorado and are currently forecasted to worsen.

I have assisted in the evacuation and recovery of fire-damaged collections over the past fifteen years. If you need to evacuate and need to leave your collection behind, here are a few recommendations to help protect your pieces, and assist with potential recovery in the future:

 

Collection Care Articles

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Our collection of educational articles provide an introduction to many topics about the preservation and conservation of fine art, antiques and fine furniture.

Topics are often written as a result of questions provided by our clients. 

Click Here to Review Helpful Information about Archival Storage, Guidance on Dusting and Cleaning of Specialty Glass and Acrylic, and General Collection Care.

 

 

FrAMING Articles

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There is a lot that goes into the design and fabrication of an archival custom frame. Whether a minimal TIG welded aluminum frame, acrylic vitrine, or a custom carved wood, 22k gilded antique revival frame, each design can have a variety of approaches and materials.

Topics are written top help familiarize our clients with the materials and techiniques that are recommended for fine framing.

Click Here to Review Helpful Information about Finished Corner Frames, Gilding, Welded Frames, Specialty Glass and Acrylic, Archival and Museum Quality Framing.

 

 

Emergency Care Articles

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Our emergency care articles are a helpful introduction on how to prevent damage through preventative measuresfor art and antique collections.  When a disaster strikes, prompt response and taking the right steps can mitigate further damage.  

Topics are based on twenty years of firsthand experience of handling a variety of fine art, framing and antique losses.

Click Here to Review Helpful Information about Prevention and Recovery Efforts for Fire Damage, Water Damage, and General Collection Care.

 

 

Glossary

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Click here to visit our glossary to learn about the terms that are frequently used in the fine art, conservation, fine framing industries.

 

 

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