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Art Restoration & Collectibles Conservation

AMRestore will treat your precious artwork like the treasure it is, as we restore what is valued most to you in your time of need.

 

At AMRestore we have a dedicated art staff with trained art handlers and art restoration specialists. We frequently handle the packing, transport, and restoration of damaged art pieces and collectibles.

Expertise

Our highly trained specialists can clean, repair, reframe, and create custom storage options for everything from your family photos to high-end works of art to museum-quality collections. We can help save you the monetary cost of a replacement and the heartache of losing a cherished memory.

We specialize in the recovery of art that has been exposed to the worst that nature can offer. Fire, flood, mold; there’s very little we haven’t seen or treated. Our highly trained restorers have fine art and art conservation degrees and have worked in museums, cultural heritage institutions, and across the disaster restoration industry.

We handle, treat, and restore a variety of mediums including:

  • Paintings – oil, watercolor, acrylic. On canvas, board, paper, etc.
  • Prints – posters, fine art prints, newspapers, memorabilia, historical prints.
  • Photographs – physical and digital.
  • Documents – Diplomas, historical documents, parchment/vellum.
  • Textiles – Jerseys, tapestries, needlework.
  • Memorabilia – sports equipment, trophies, autographed items.
  • Sculptures – marble/natural stone, wood, ceramic, metal, mixed media, silver, glass.
  • Frames – gilding, filling and re-sculpting, replacing frames, reframing, custom matting, and mounting.
Slide 1
This painting was covered in a layer of soot and drywall debris from a fire loss. There were also many losses on the ornate gilt frame. The restoration included surface cleaning the painting, cleaning the gilt frame, and recreating the many lost plaster decorations.
Slide 2
This painting was badly damaged in a fire. The heat of the fire caused the varnish and previous restorations to fail. The treatment involved removing the layers of soot and damaged varnish, reversing the previous repairs, and properly mending the tears in the canvas. Once stable, the tears and damaged could be cosmetically repaired by filling and inpainting the losses.
Slide 3
This painting was damaged in a fire. There was debris on the surface of the painting and a shellac that had been applied to the frame had caused the gilding to separate from the wood base and curl/peel. To restore the item, it was surface cleaned, and the lifting areas of the gilding were consolidated with an appropriate adhesive.
Slide 4
This print was water damaged with stains throughout. The print was washed with appropriate methods to reduce the water stains and remove acidic buildup in the paper. Once dry and flattened, the print was framed with new archival materials.
Slide 5
This original baseball schedule had been submerged in water and resulted in major water damage along the bottom edge. To restore the item, the print had to be removed from the damaged cardboard support, so it could be safely washed in water baths. Once the stain was sufficiently reduced, the print was mounted onto a new backing support and the missing corners were recreated.
Slide 6
This drawing was submerged and for an extended period of time in seawater. Once received, it was dried and washed to neutralize the paper. The torn corners of the paper were mended. Once restored, the drawing was reframed with new archival materials.
Slide 7.1
This large bronze (6’ tall) was damaged in a fire, with resulting water and debris damage. Restoration involved surface cleaning with an appropriate solution to remove the debris, soot, and rust/corrosion from the surface of the bronze. The final step was to apply a protective wax to the surface of the bronze.
Slide 7.2
This large bronze (6’ tall) was damaged in a fire, with resulting water and debris damage. Restoration involved surface cleaning with an appropriate solution to remove the debris, soot, and rust/corrosion from the surface of the bronze. The final step was to apply a protective wax to the surface of the bronze.
Slide 8
This clay figure was damaged after a fire and resulting water damage. After the item was carefully dried, the edges were consolidated, and the pieces were assembled into place with an appropriate adhesive. The losses were filled and inpainted with appropriate materials.
Slide 9
This wood duck decoy was one from a large collection that was affected by a fire and covered in a heavy layer of soot. Treatment included carefully surface cleaning the decoy to remove the soot on a variety of painted and raw areas of wood, followed by deodorization.
Slide 10
This jersey was autographed in many areas in blue sharpie. The jersey was unfortunately water damaged, resulting in stains in several areas, including where autographed. To remove the stains without disturbing the signatures, an appropriate solution was very carefully tested and applied locally to the stained areas on a vacuum table.
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Before & After

Above are examples of artwork the AMRestore team has restored from fire, mold, flood, and more. Our staff can handle the restoration and conservation of nearly any piece with the highest quality of care available

Common Issues Encountered

  • Workers unaware of the specialty needs of artwork, leaving pieces exposed to further damage.
  • Handling art and delicate pieces like general contents, which can cause breakage.

  • Unqualified handlers and inventory writers incorrectly identify artwork, causing issues with insurance.

  • Artwork is cleaned incorrectly, which causes your valuable pieces to degrade over time or be a source of odor/irritation in your home.

  • Damage to artwork by over-cleaning or use of improper techniques/chemicals.

  • Companies and workers that are not empathetic to the intrinsic or sentimental value of items.

Things to consider:

  • With the unique nature of fine art and sentimental heirlooms, we understand the special needs these types of items have versus other more typical content items.
  • Art transport, shipping, and moving must be handled conscientiously by trained professionals. Transport can put fragile or high-value items at risk for further damage.
  • Incorrect cleaning techniques or chemicals can permanently and irreversibly damage your important pieces. This is why these pieces must be cleaned and repaired by trained professionals.
  • Many first-response restoration contractors may assume a piece of art is a loss, unaware of the abilities of art conservators. However, there are many techniques that can be used to save art and sentimental items.

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