The brand new John Jones art conservation studio contains state of the art materials and resources, allowing our experienced team to restore and conserve your fine art to a museum quality. This delicate artwork on paper by Pauline Boty arrived at John Jones in a very poor condition. After carrying out a full condition report and technical examination, our team restored the artwork to its former glory, and maintained the financial investment of the client. The success of the treatment is indicated in these 'before and after' photographs.
The artwork itself was created on tracing paper, a brittle and slick surface which cannot absorb moisture effectively. As a result, the gouache exhibited moisture stains, extensive media loss, cracking, flaking, tears, pinholes and punctures. The work was also attached with glue to a harmful acidic mount, causing long-term deterioration. Our team carried out a series of procedures which cleaned the surface, consolidated the flaking pigment and reduced creases and stains. We were also able to successfully repair the severe punctures and pin-holes, and re-touch areas of media loss. Whilst retouching is not always an appropriate treatment to carry out on fine art, our experts felt that as the painting consisted predominantly of flat areas of colour, the result would not be overly invasive and would improve the aesthetics of the painting considerably. Finally, the artwork was removed from its acidic mount and re-framed in a beautiful gilded frame design which will protect the piece for years to come.
If you have a piece of fine art which may require restoration treatment, please contact a member of our team to schedule an appointment.
Pauline Boty, Self Portrait c.1963