Cleaning and restoring old and antique artworks is a very rewarding task. It takes a huge amount of patience, but adding to the quality and longevity of an antique piece is a great thing to do! The most common damages I encounter in paintings and paper art prints are:
In paper items I often encounter tears and rips, folds, foxing, paper burn, tidelines, dirty spots and mold. Also, paper changes color after many years. microorganisms eat the wood pulp that is present in paper, and in the process they and excreed acids. These acids give the paper a yellow or even brown tint. The higher the wood pulp content of the paper, the yellower the paper becomes.
Damage I encounter in paintings often consists of loose and waving canvas, small holes in the canvas, yellow and brown lacquer (caused by nicotine and chimneys) crackle of the paint, missing paint chips, stains and scratches.
Its no wonder that repairs, cleaning and enhancement on these artworks make some great before and after pictures! Next to the images you can find a short description f the work that was done.