Understanding the reasons of conservation – restoration.

The most common are: repair tears; reduce water staining (tidemarks); surface dirt can be lifted; acidic mounts can be removed; mounts are most like to leave broad stains within the margins can be lessened; pressure sensitive tapes often can be removed; darkening within the aperture of a mount can be reduced, sunlight staining can be reduced and re pressing the sheet of paper assists its presentation in the frame.

There is a professional body called ICON, and with its members it has devised the profession’s  standards, judgments, ethics and their Code of Conduct.  

With each work of art on paper there are choices of which the first is  non – invasive or  invasive treatments which can improve what ever is obscuring the legibility of the work of art.  

Restoration is not necessarily harmful but there are risks. With risks one has disclaimers in place.  

Mine is: Placing of objects by the customer into the care of the Conservation studio is at the client’s own risk. The Conservator accepts no liability however caused including accident, fire or theft. Insurance arrangements remain the responsibility of the client should they wish the items to be covered against accidental loss or damage.

ACR = Accredited by ICON. Accreditation means that a conservator can demonstrate a proficient level of competence, sound judgement and an in depth knowledge of the principles which underpin conservation practice.

Without intervention of some level images or the written word can be lost.

Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”