Sample treatments of oil paintings, including fire damage, water damage, and tear repair.
Portrait of Dolly on Blazaway by Franklin Voss
Oil on canvas. Fire damaged painting, Before and After Treatment, normal illumination.
Portrait of Henry Jarrett
Portrait of Henry Jarrett by unidentified artist, oil on canvas. Water damaged painting, before treatment, normal illumination.
Civil War Officer
Unidentified Confederate Officer by unidentified artist, oil on canvas. Unstretched and badly damaged, normal illumination. Before and After Treatment.
Portrait of John Emory by George Cooke
Oil on canvas, multiple tears. Before and After Treatment, normal illumination.
Girl with a Dandelion
This small portrait was covered with dirt and overpaint. The overpaint was to cover up areas that had been over-cleaned.
Golden Field by an Unidentified Artist
This lovely little gem is called "Golden Field" and is by an unidentified artist, but presumably Virginian. It was badly torn and covered with grime, but both cleaned and mended very nicely.
Lady with a Thimble
Lady with a Thimble by an Unidentified Artist, possibly from Tennessee. The painting arrived with a large split down the middle, and having been "oiled out" with varnish many times over. We were unable to remove all of the discolored varnishes, but it still made a significant change.
Portrait of a Page Boy
Portrait of a Page Boy by an Unidentified Artist. In the style of late 19th-early 20th century classicists, or the Pre-Raphaelites. The painting had been damaged by water and neglect to the point of huge losses to the paint and canvas.
Portrait of John Dooley
Portrait of John Dooley by Peter Baumgras, 1859. This portrait was rumored to be of John Dooley, the father of Major Dooley who built Maymont in Richmond. After taking infrared photographs, we determined the sitter based on the books "The Life of And. Jackson" and "The History of Ireland", the letter addressed to "John Dooley" from New York, and the commerce paper in his proper right hand. All of these details had been obscured by dirt, discolored varnish, and overpaint. After a long process of flattening treatments, a lining, and cleaning several layers of dirt and varnish from the surface, this gem came back to light.
Portrait of Mr. Timmons
Portrait of Mr. Timmons. The artist used a technique of applying a working varnish medium between paint layers. Because these layers dry at different rates, traction cracks appeared on the surface. These large cracks were in-painted to match, but unfortunately they will continue to appear over the years.
The End of Winter
The End of Winter. A lovely Norweigan scene that had a yellowed varnish on the surface. Yellow varnish can dull and flatten the image, and turn beautiful pastel blues and lavenders acidic.
Vessels in a Breeze by Samuel Stubbs
Vessels in a Breeze by Samuel Stubbs. Just another gorgeous transformation from cleaning a dark and dirty varnish.
Winter Solstice by James T. Shelton
Winter Solstice by James T. Shelton. This wonderful primitive piece was caked with grime and an old oil varnish. The transformation was stunning.
Colorful Landscape by William Greason
Colorful Landscape by William Greason. Found in an thrift store for an unbelievably low price, this painting desperately needed to be consolidated and cleaned. Previous restorers had overpainted the areas that were flaking and lost.
Portrait of Mr. Forbes
Portrait of Mr. Forbes by Francois Jacques Fleishbein. Oil on wood panel. Grime removal and inpainting before and after.
Old House on Long Island
Old House on Long Island by John Woodward. This painting was suffering from severe cupping and flaking, primarily in the sky. We consolidated, set down the lifting areas, and then lined the painting to a panel to help keep it in plane. The photo shown is using raking light, before and after.