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Antique Glass Replacement for an Heirloom Curio Cabinet

Antique Glass Replacement for an Heirloom Curio Cabinet

This antique curio cabinet was damaged from impact from a collapsed wall.
The glass panel in the right door was broken, and the veneer on the wooden cabinet was abraded from contact with moisture and debris. The broken antique glass panel had the desirable waviness and distortion that is typical of glass in the late 1700s-early 1900s.
The curio cabinet was a prized family heirloom, and one of the favorite elements was the character of the rippled and waviness of the glass panel.
During the treatment, we wanted to ensure that the replacement glass panel matched the remaining antique glass panel in the left door. Contemporary glass is even in plane and does not have the distortion as antique glass. A new glass panel just simply wouldn’t do!

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A Custom Vitrine for “An Infinite Expanse of Sky” by Jacob Hashimoto

A Custom Vitrine for “An Infinite Expanse of Sky” by Jacob Hashimoto

This petite kite is part of an edition of 300, from the January 20, 1998-September 26,1999 installation at the MCA Chicago. The kite was reversibly mounted to an archival, white linen wrapped mount and then elevated 3/4″ from the linen mount to give it a floating effect within the display. Given the small size, the vitrine was designed to be versatile, so it is deep enough for it to stand upright on a shelf or could be installed flush to a wall with an integrated cleat.

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The Conservation of a Gilded Age Frame

The Conservation of a Gilded Age Frame

The hanging hardware failed on this gilded age frame, causing it to fall to the floor.  The impact resulted in several areas of damaged and missing ornamentation.
The frame was cleaned using a combination of aqueous and dry methods.   The lifting areas of finish and damaged areas of ornamentation weere consolidated using an archival adhesive.  The ornamentation loss were infilled, cast and selectively carved.

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A Custom Shadowbox for “Jaqueline at the Easel” by Pablo Picasso

A Custom Shadowbox for “Jaqueline at the Easel” by Pablo Picasso

This original glazed ceramic round dish titled, “Jacqueline at the Easel” by Pablo Picasso arrived to us with the request to safely display it vertically. It was previously display on a tabletop easel, however, that left it vulnerable to accidental damage.  The piece is part of an edition of 200 and features Picasso’s second wfire, Jacqueline in front of an easel.  We designed a custom shadowbox to display the piece upright on a wall.  The shadowbox accommodates the depth and allows the three-dimensional artwork to be displayed with other two-dimensional masterpieces within the collection.

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The Treatment of an Antique Ansonia Clock

The Treatment of an Antique Ansonia Clock

This antique mantel clock was recovered from a residential fire. The clock was manfactured in the United states by the Ansonia Clock Company in the early 20th century. The Ansonia clock company was in business from 1851-1929. This prized family heirloom had been in the family for almost 120 years. The clock sustained exposure from soot as well as moisture.

The delicate porcelain case was carefully cleaned using a combination of aqueous and dry methods. Great care was taken to preserve the hand painted floral design as well as the gilt detail throughout.

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Blot it Out, Dramatic Treatment Results of a WWI Liberty Bond Poster

Blot it Out, Dramatic Treatment Results of a WWI Liberty Bond Poster

This original WWI Liberty Bond poster sat rolled in water for three weeks, resulting in disfiguring water damage including severe discoloration, delamination from the mount and wrinkling throughout.
The tears were mended and then the sheet was relined.  Minor retouching was undertaken to further integrate pervasic staining. 
When works on paper, prints, drawings, lithographs, etchings, etc are damaged from a water or fire loss; it is important to consult a conservator. 
Works on paper are more resilient than most would think. 

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The Restoration of an Antique Victrola Phonograph

The Restoration of an Antique Victrola Phonograph

This antique phonograph was accidentally knocked down during a game of hide-and-go-seek.

We received it in pieces.  Not only was the cabinet and arm broken, but the motor within the interior was dislodged. 

The phonograph was not functional when it was on display.

The cabinet was disassembled, and the joints were realigned and secured.  The sound box, trip post, taper tube, taper tube support and motor were repaired and assembled.

A new felt pad was installed on the turntable.  The finish on the cabinet was retouched, waxed and hand buffed.  A stylus was installed in the soundbox. 
The Victrola was restored back to working condition.  Much to our client’s delight, the piece was returned to even better condition than before the accidental damage.

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Restoration of an Antique French Marriage Mirror

Restoration of an Antique French Marriage Mirror

This early 20th c.XVI revival gilt marriage mirror was recovered by our team after a severe fire.
The 22 karat gilded frame not only needed cleaning, to remove the soot, the gilding needed to be selectively stabilized. Areas of loss were filled with gesso. The fills were leveled and prepared for watergilding.  After the fills were gilded, they were patinated and aged. The original patination of the silvering in the mirror was preserved as well.

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