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Caring for Photographs

By April Hann Lanford

The category of photography, while it sounds specific, can include a vast amount of variables. Since the late 19th century, photographs have evolved from Daguerreotypes to tintypes, albumen prints, to silver gelatin prints, and color photographs. 

Retouching

In the 19th century, images were often retouched by hand to improve details that were lost in the exposure, or the image improved with the addition of highlights or shadows.

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Handling Furniture

By April Hann Lanford

Improper handling poses one of the greatest risks to the damage of an item.

Whenever handling a three-dimensional object or a piece of furniture it is important to identify if there are areas of damage or weakness.  Keeping an eye for areas of instability and understanding the construction of a piece can all play an important role in how the work is handled, packed, and/or transported.

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How to Clean Specialty Glazing

By April Hann Lanford

While fine art glazing is designed to preserve and protect, it should also be cleaned and handled with care.

The following are recommendations based on the type of Tru Vue UV filtering glazing that we regularly frame and protect our client’s work with.  If you have questions on what was used on your piece, please contact us, we want to ensure that the glazing continues to look as good as the artwork it protects!

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Handling Fine Art

By April Hann Lanford

Improper handling poses one of the greatest risks to the damage of an item.

Whenever handling a work of art, it is important to identify if there are areas of damage or weakness.  Keeping an eye for areas of instability and understanding the construction of a piece can all play an important role in how the work is handled, packed, and/or transported.

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Cleaning & Care of Gilded Frames

By April Hann Lanford

Paintings and gilded frames frequently come to our studio that has sustained damage from improper cleaning.  While clients attempt to their artwork with the best of intentions, sometimes cleaning can do more harm than good.

All cleaning processes involve contact with the surface of a piece, which causes friction on the surface. This eventually leads to abrasion, which cumulatively can damage the frame.  Oftentimes, it is better to have a light accumulation of dust rather than risk inadvertently damaging the frame that you are trying to care for.

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Cleaning and Care of Paintings

By April Hann Lanford

Paintings and gilded frames frequently come to our studio that has sustained damage from improper cleaning.  While clients attempt to their artwork with the best of intentions, sometimes cleaning can do more harm than good.  All cleaning processes involve contact with the surface of a piece, which causes friction on the surface. This eventually leads to abrasion, which cumulatively can damage the piece.

Oftentimes, it is better to have a light accumulation of dust rather than risk inadvertently damaging the piece that you are trying to care for.

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