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When do I need a conservator?

Any artwork is susceptible to deterioration over time. Even if your artwork doesn’t have obvious damages such as tears or paint loss, it may be covered with years of atmospheric pollution and grime. Additional surface coatings may be discolored, disrupted, or worn away over time. These conditions may be obscuring the artist’s original intentions, and compromising from the structural stability of your artwork, as well as your enjoyment of it!

What is the difference between conservation and restoration?

Sometimes confusion arises about the terms “restoration” and “conservation.” Restoration is actually a type of conservation treatment. It specifically refers to an attempt to bring cultural property closer to its original appearance. The other type of conservation treatment is stabilization, which refers to an attempt to maintain the integrity of cultural property and to only minimize deterioration.

What is a conservator?

Conservators are professionals who work to physically save our cultural property from the ravages of time, the threats of pollution, and the devastation brought by natural disasters. A conservator may be trained at a conservation graduate training program or by lengthy apprenticeship with experienced senior colleagues. Working in museums, other cultural institutions, research labs, and in private practice, conservators combine unique skills gained through ongoing study and advanced training in art history, science, studio art, and related disciplines to care for and preserve our tangible history. Because of the increasingly technical nature of modern conservation, conservators usually specialize in a particular type of object, such as: paintings, works of art on paper, rare books, photographs, electronic media, textiles, furniture, archaeological and ethnographic materials, sculpture, architectural elements, or decorative arts.” Quote from the American Institute for Conservation’s Website

Why choose West Lake Conservators for my artwork’s needs?

West Lake Conservators is a mixed specialty practice. We are nationally recognized and among the largest private practices in the country. Each piece that walks through our doors is considered critically by multiple conservators. This practice ensures that professionals with a variety of backgrounds and experiences are involved in evaluating each client’s piece, ensuring our best work goes into your artwork.

Do you do appraisals?

Determining the value of an artwork is a conflict of interest for a professional conservator. We work very closely with professional appraisers whom we can recommend with confidence.