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The 21st Century Marriage of a 19th Century Painting and Frame

Our client arrived with this beautiful antique portrait and a 19th-century gilded frame that they purchased from an antique store.

At first glance it seemed to be the perfect match, however, the portrait width and height did not match the frame.


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Conservation of Two Leonard Baskin Lithographs

Leonard Baskin (August 15, 1922 – June 3, 2000) was a prominent, award-winning artist of the mid-20th century. Spanning the mediums of sculpture, printmaking, illustration, and graphic design, and founding Gehenna Press (1942–2000), his work captures the human figure in commanding and despairing portrayals.

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A Custom Vitrine to Display a Vera Wang Wedding Gown

By April Hann Lanford

From the moment our client came to us with her elegant Vera Wang Hayley Wedding Gown and the desire to have it on display, we were in love with the idea.   The elaborate gown was far too strikingly elegant to be tucked away in an heirloom box in a closet. 

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Restoration of an Antique Louis XV Revival Desk

By April Hann Lanford

We had the privilege of restoring an antique Louis XV style desk and extending its legacy. This heirloom 18th-century style writing desk sustained years of use, and exposure from sunlight and climate fluctuation. While windows provide a great view and are an ideal spot to sit and work nearby; the sunlight can fade finishes, upholstery, and degrade wood.

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Conservation of a Turn-of-the-Century Louis Vuitton Trunk

By April Hann Lanford

The son of a carpenter, French designer Louis Vuitton Malletier started his career as an apprentice at a box-making and packing workshop at the age of thirteen. In 1854, Vuitton started his business from the ground up with his state-of-the-art steamer trunks. 

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School for Scandal, The Preservation Framing of a 1797 Playbill

This original playbill for the May 29, 1797 performance of “School of Scandal” at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London is the prized heirloom of a client who reached out to Artifact about preservation and framing for her unique piece.  As fans of history and of the theater, the family cherished this playbill for over two generations.

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