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JD Conservation, Inc.; Art Conservation and Restoration in New York

Conservation & Restoration of Fine Art & Historic Works on Paper in New York

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Henri Matisse - "Buste de femme acoudée avec bracelet"

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JD Art Conservation Mattise in New York
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JD Art Restoration Mattise in Brooklyn

Etching, 1925 (detail)

The print was severely discolored from both light exposure and contact with acidic framing materials. It was washed in an alkaline bath to neutralize acidity and reduce discoloration and then bleached with hydrogen peroxide to eliminate residual discoloration and staining. The print was flattened between wool felts and cotton blotters. The pencil framer's mark below the signature was erased.

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Martin Ramirez - "Untitled"

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JD Painting Conservation Ramirez NYC
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JD Paper Conservation Ramirez NYC

Painting on brown paper, c. 1962

The painting had extensive brown, translucent staining caused by rubber cement originally applied to the back by the artist. This was removed with toluene and ethanol applied on the vacuum suction table. Mold on the right edge was removed using a combination of powdered eraser crumbs to remove surface particles and hydrogen peroxide applied on the vacuum suction table to remove staining. Areas of pigment loss were inpainting with watercolors.

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Alexander Cabanel - "The Birth of Venus"

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JD Engraving Restoration Venus
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JD Engraving Restoration Venus

Engraving, c.1865

The print has suffered from light exposure as well as extensive foxing (a fungal growth associated with iron content in the paper). It was washed in an alkaline bath to neutralize acidity and reduce discoloration and then bleached with hydrogen peroxide to eliminate residual discoloration and staining. The print was flattened between wool felts and cotton blotters.

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Featured Project:

Robert Havell (after John James Audubon) - "Louisiana Heron"

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JD Lithograph Restoration Brooklyn
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JD Lithograph Conservation Brooklyn

Color lithograph, c. 1840 (detail)

In addition to being generally discolored, this print had been in a flood and suffered from multi-colored mold growth. The print was washed in an alkaline bath to neutralize acidity and reduce discoloration and then bleached overall with hydrogen peroxide to further reduce discoloration and staining. Remaining mold stains were removed with application of hydrogen peroxide on the vacuum suction table. The print was flattened between wool felts and cotton blotters.

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Charles Schultz - "Patty"

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JD Pencil Drawing Restoration New York City
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JD Pencil Drawing Conservation New York City

Pencil drawing, no date (detail)

The drawing was executed on cheap wood-pulp paper that had become acidic and discolored over time. Additionally, the Scotch tape used to attach it to an album page had yellowed and left a translucent stain in the paper. The tape and associated staining were removed with methyl ethyl ketone applied on the vacuum suction table. The drawing was washed in an alkaline bath to neutralize acidity and reduce discoloration and then bleached with hydrogen peroxide to eliminate residual discoloration. The drawing was flattened between wool felts and cotton blotters.

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G. W. Clarke "Ice Palace - Montreal Carnival, 1899"

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JD Lithograph Restoration New York
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JD Lithograph Conservation New York

Color lithograph with powdered mica, 1899

The print was badly discolored overall from light exposure as well as prolonged direct contact with the original wooden slat backing. The worst staining (the two vertical lines) was due to atmospheric pollution (primarily hydrogen sulfide) entering between the wooden slats. The print was washed in an alkaline bath to neutralize acidity and reduce discoloration and then bleached overall with hydrogen peroxide to further reduce discoloration and staining. Remaining stains were removed with application of hydrogen peroxide on the vacuum suction table. The print was flattened between wool felts and cotton blotters.

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