We offer many services in the conservation of objects, ranging from preventive techniques that help maintain the object’s condition, to more invasive actions that stabilize, reconstruct, or restore the object’s appearance. Treatments are tailored to meet each object’s specific needs, and are executed following The American Institute for Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. Our mission is to ensure the work will survive for future generations, which means prioritizing its preservation needs before attending to aesthetic losses. In addition, our work strives to create a detailed record of the object’s condition and treatment history at this given point in time, investing in its future care and treatment.
AND TREATMENT ESTIMATES
Condition Assessments are an investigative first step in evaluating the present condition of an object, its past history, and its future needs, in order to propose an appropriate treatment for its preservation.
Treatments are multi-step procedures that address the various needs of an object based on its present condition and history. Treatments are designed specific to an individual object, or when appropriate, to a collection of like objects.
CUSTOM STORAGE AND
Appropriate housing and supports made of inert, archival materials play a vital role in the care of precious objects - sometimes surpassing the importance of treatment itself, and always assuring the results of treatment are long-lasting.
If an object is desired for display - especially long-term display - it is crucial to employ museum-standard methods of installation and display environment to ensure its safety and preservation.
Key to maintaining an object's condition, is maintaining its environment, both in storage and display. Creating and maintaining a stable environment - one that is particular to the needs of the materials present - can effectively arrest or slow deterioration processes.
Potentially devastating threats to precious objects are heritage predators - species of pests that are attracted to the materials composing an object, which subsequently infest and cause significant damages. An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system is a holistic approach to monitoring, mitigating, and eradicating the threat of pests.
Outdoor sculptures are impacted by the elements cumulatively each day. In order to prolong their life and continued display, they must be regularly maintained, commonly requiring annual or biannual attention and treatment.
For collections of 10 or more objects, an object-by-object survey or overall assessment serves to target treatment and storage priorities, helping the conservator shape a holistic plan for their care and preservation.