Before and after

Cleaning artworks is a very rewarding task. Here you can see some artworks that have been cleaned and restored. You can click on the before and after pictures to view the big version. You can use your zoom for the right resolution.

A Knilling engraving featuring 16th century European fashion. I removed the acidic build up in the paper by washing this 1870 print  in a Calcium hydroxide bath. To keep the the hand colored areas as good as possible I did not sun bleach the print after the bath but left the print as is.
Ed Jeska pastel drawing
Pastel by Ed Jeska, 1937. Artwork with water damage on both sides, I scraped of moldy patches, removed dirt on the backside, filled in the water-damaged areas with a new layer of oil pastel. Fixated the pastel crayon powder with fixation spray.
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Sabelspoort Arnhem, etching, I removed the acidic backing, and aqueously cleaned the paper with Calcium Hydroxide. It was then pressed, dried and sun bleached.
A  beautiful 120 year old frame with superficial damage. I filled in the damaged areas with putty for wood. After this some light sanding and painting the putty with light and dark gold paint. After this some black paint was used to re-create the patina effect to match the rest of the frame.
After finding the right solvent gel, this wonderful painting by Arie Jaarsveld was stripped from its brown lacquer and returned to the Indian summer day as it was captured by the artist . Fantastic colors emerge.


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Herman Wiechmann postcard 1898. Aqueous cleaned. Retouched the cracked area. pressed and dried.
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“Cactus” woodcut by the Rol family 1935, aqueously cleaned, sun dried, highlighted foxing spots.
Art Deco Woodcut by A. Remiens 1920, removed tape, cleaned aqueous, pressed and sun bleached.
Matthaus Schiestl ca.1900, a copy of the work that is hanging in Domburg Germany. The lacquer is removed. I touched up and retouched some damaged areas, further more the painting was cleaned and I applied a new layer of lacquer.
A cute panoramic lino cut by Han Krug made around 1935. The paper turned brown because of the acidic cardboard it was mounted on. It was carefully removed from the board and washed in distilled water with added calcium hydroxide. After this it was pressed and dried. Some cracks in the paper were than retouched and some areas re-enforced with Kozo paper. It was then mounted on acid free board, matted and framed.
Midderigh Bokhorst litho ca. 1936
A lithographic print by Midderigh Bokhorst, ca. 1935. It was washed, sun-bleached  and tares where mended with Kozo paper.

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