Updates from Plowden & Smith and the World of Fine Art Restoration

Expert Advice | How To Care For Outdoor Sculpture

Expert Advice | How To Care For Outdoor Sculpture

Large outdoor sculpture creates a striking talking point that can revitalise or enhance a landscape: no wonder it is an increasingly popular field of collecting. But monumental art frequently comes with a monumental price tag. Our latest article for Family...

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Painting Restoration Insights | The Importance of Pigments

Painting Restoration Insights | The Importance of Pigments

Today, fairly rigorous testing in the pre-production stages of new artist materials helps to ensure that conservators of contemporary art have at least some idea of how potentially never-before-used pigments might age/deteriorate in the near and far future. However, should one automatically assume that paintings created in the 20th – or even 21st – Centuries will necessarily compromise pigments or paint films that last longer than paint made in the 17th, 18th or 19th Centuries…?

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Time To Upgrade Your Fine Art Security?

Time To Upgrade Your Fine Art Security?

Like many, we were captivated by the news story of Naples police returning a copy of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi to a museum that had not even realised the work had been stolen, highlighting yet another indirect threat Covid-19 poses to public and...

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Stone Carvings Condition Reporting Stories from our Specialists

Stone Carvings Condition Reporting Stories from our Specialists

Autumn heralds the start of a series of important auction house sales and major art fairs (this year, many of them taking place online). For us, this means one thing: Independent Condition Reporting season has arrived.

Condition reporting often takes our conservators away from the studio, resulting in fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpses into collections and collectors. Three of our conservators discuss their approach to condition reporting and share some of their favourite and most interesting condition reporting projects…

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