Francis Bacon was a personal friend of our founder Mr John Jones MBE, framing much of his collection in our London studios! The artist used to arrive at our workshops carrying his work wrapped up in a bin bag, and signed personal dedications to John Jones on pieces which are now in the family art collection. One such piece is this poster from a 1984 exhibition of work at Marlborough New York, signed ‘For John Jones’. Our conservation team noticed that the artwork had contracted tide lines of localised discolouration around the corners. These areas were bleached and then rinsed with specialist formulas to significantly reduce the stains. The treated areas were stabilised before de-acidification was carried out. Finally, the artwork was humidified and gently pressed.
The poster has since been re-framed in the Francis Bacon signature gilded style, burnished to a brilliant shine. The application of gesso, clay and gold leaf to a hand-made gilded frame is a lengthy process which requires several skilled technicians and weeks of preparation. The result transforms this nostalgic and culturally valuable piece of memorabilia into a piece of fine art ready for public display. The use of archival 100% cotton mount board and conservation hinges will ensure that the poster is protected long-term from future damage.
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Francis Bacon Poster