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The Benefits of having a Painting Restored

According to the dictionary restoration means:

“The act or process of returning something to its original condition by repairing it, cleaning, stabilizing or consolidating it. The act of bringing back something that existed before.”

A variety of circumstances can obscure the original beauty of a painting:

  • The accumulation of surface dirt
  • Sediments of smoke, nicotine, dust
  • Fly droppings, paint and substance spilling
  • Yellowed or discolored varnish
  • Over-paint
  • Badly executed or aged previous restoration attempts
cleaning of paintings

disintegrated varnish and over-paint removal

Structurally a painting can suffer from:

  • Cupping, tenting or flaking ground and paint layers.
  • Losses of ground and paint layers might have occurred already
  • The canvas could have lost its original tension, which sooner or later can lead to all sorts of structural damages.
  • The canvas might even be torn.

A professionally restored artwork reflects its original strength in terms of general definition, color vibrancy, form or shape.

A question often asked is: Does a work loose in value once it is restored ?

On the contrary – A professionally restored artwork retains its value.You secure the value of your artwork for generations to come. A potential buyer will have no reason to question the work’s price.

Restoration and conservation can be seen as arresting the changes and leaving the marks that the teeth of time have left intact. Restoration means preserving the world’s memory.

Beauty enriches our lifes overall.

My advice: Have your work of art seen to by a professional and reputable restorer. Seek advice of who is who in the Zoo from Auction Houses, Galleries, Art Dealers or respectable Collectors.