Treatment of Works on Paper
Types of artifacts treated

  • Prints of all types
  • Drawings
  • Watercolors
  • Pastels
  • Oil paintings on paper
  • Parchment documents and miniatures
  • Oriental screen and scrolls (treated using western repair techniques)
  • Archival materials including documents, maps and rolled artifacts

Services provided include

  • Examination and documentation of works for proposing treatment options
  • Identification of media, paper manufacture and printmaking techniques
  • Creation of condition reports, treatment proposals and cost estimates
  • Surface cleaning of dust, dirt and surface accretions
  • Mending tears, punctures and breaks
  • Removal of deteriorated cardboard or paper backings using mechanical and aqueous methods
  • Removal or diminishment of creases, folds and surface abrasions
  • Washing in aqueous baths to remove acidity, discoloration or stains
  • Light and chemical removal of stubborn stains
  • Local water and solvent treatments to remove stains using the small-area suction table
  • Self-adhesive tape removal using solvents and mechanical action
  • Local solvent treatment on the small-area suction table to remove tape adhesive
  • Inpainting and compensation for design loss using light-stable materials
  • Backing of brittle, heavily damaged and fragile artifacts using Japanese paper auxiliary supports
  • Attachment to solid supports for unstable or heavily damaged works
  • Sensitive flattening of artworks to preserve evidence of manufacture and platemark
  • Flattening of curled or warped artifacts
  • Construction of archival display and storage housings for critical artifacts
  • Creation of archival matting and hinging, or consulting with your service provider on difficult problems
  • Consultation on the care and maintenance of all type of works on paper

The process commonly begins with a visual assessment of the artifact in the presence of the client or their representative. If the work is left for treatment, a detailed Condition Report and Treatment Proposal document is written, which includes cost estimates for the various treatment options. The client is free of select from the treatment options, which often range from the most basic to full treatment.  When the client has approved a treatment option, treatment begins.

Free 30-minute verbal evaluation of condition with cost estimates can be arranged, call for an appointment at 510-594-8277.

Example of a washing and light bleaching treatment can be seen below, Before Treatment on the left with After Treatment on the right.

Before Treatment After Treatment