Picture, Frame & China Restoration Services

Cleaning and restoration is an important part of Gadbsy’s service as is the careful preservation and rebuilding of old frames.

Assess what can be achieved by the restoration / cleaning of your damaged or dirty item

Some things are beyond repair. But you might be surprised at what can be achieved by someone experienced in restoration and repair. For the things you really don’t want to lose it might be worth asking for a professional opinion.

Restoration and repair of pictures, frames and other artefacts

Cleaning and restoration

Cleaning and restoration is an important part of Gadbsy’s service as is the careful preservation and rebuilding of old frames.

Most of the clients who have used the Gadsby’s Restoration Services have been unable to find any other business offering the services Gadsby’s provide.

  • Repair and restoration of frames
  • Restoration of damaged or aged pictures
  • Cleaning and revarnishing of pictures
  • Repair of china objects (objets d’art)

Painting Restoration

The process for restoring paintings depends on the damage. The first step is always to assess the canvas to understand the full scope of the current condition.

Usually the restoration work begins with the removal of the existing varnish. Once the varnish has been removed any patching of the canvas can be performed and any necessary re-touching of the painting.

After a suitable drying period a new layer of varnish can be applied which again is left to dry.

The process differs slightly for paintings of different mediums – oils, acrylics, watercolours.

Repairing Frames

Assessing the damage to an old frame can take a while – spotting what is aready broken or damaged and what is likely to ‘fall-apart’ next.

The actual restoration work can involve:

  • rejoining the corners
  • making a mould of undamaged decoration to enable the replacement / repair of damage sections
  • re-toning the frame to restore the original colour
  • highlighting any original decoration

Repairing China (objets d’art)

After assessing the damage to a piece of china the restoration work can include:

  • repair of cracks & chips
  • colour matching to the original
  • applying varnish as required

It is worth noting that this service only provides a decorative finish. The restored article is not suitable for use in a dinner set, for example.

Oil paintings cleaned

Oil paintings cleaned

The images above show the before and after of an oil painting recently cleaned at Gadsbys. The patches on the side of the first image show just a little of the dirt which was removed in the very early stages of the cleaning process. In these two pictures the...

Cleaning Paintings

Cleaning Paintings

Cleaning paintings is one of our most common restoration tasks. Hopefully you can get a feel for the change we achieve from these images. But, in reality, it is the owners of the paintings who are the only people who can really appreciate the restoration work. A...

Beginning the process of repair

Beginning the process of repair

To begin the process of a total repair to this canvas we have removed the stretched canvas from the decorative gilt frame, and removed the tacks which attach the canvas to its wooden support frame. The canvas is now a floppy piece of fabric which has to be carefully...

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