width=Ardenia Capannelli is from Ascoli Piceno, Italy, a beautiful medieval renaissance town that pre-dates the founding of Rome. In 1984, Ms Capannelli was selected to enroll in a highly specialized three-year program called the “Corso Restauratori d’Opere D’Arte” (CRDA). This program was organized jointly with the City officials and the Marche Region in response to the growing need to preserve the deteriorating art in the country. The program objective was to train 12 selected students. The instructors were graduates of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (OPD) Institute in Florence. The OPD is globally recognized as one of the leading Art Restoration Institutes.

The CRDA program instruction concentrated on the conservation and restoration of paintings on canvas, on panels and on walls (frescos), in conformance with the Florentine methodology. She and her class mates were taught the proprietary techniques accumulated over centuries of experience. The methods of conservation and restoration taught by the CRDA simultaneously emphasized preservation of the art piece through the use of appropriate materials and methods as well as the repair of the damaged or degraded portions.

In 1986 she and her classmates started their careers by working on paintings dating from the 15th century through the 19th century for the Museum of Ascoli. She also accepted several commissions to restore paintings for private parties. In 1988 she moved to the United States and settled in Newport Beach, California. At that time in Southern California, the art repair and restoration profession was a relatively unknown activity with few private companies in operation. She began to work in the field as an employee for one of the small local firms. The 1994 Northridge Earthquake created an increased demand for porcelain, ceramics, pottery repair and restoration services.

Being a pioneer in the Art Restoration profession in Orange County, she has built a faithful clientele that includes museums, galleries, interior designers antique dealers and discriminating collectors. For more than 20 years she has also cared for private parties devoted to preserving their precious family heirlooms. Today, she owns and operates the very busy Art Restoration Studio in the Cannery Village neighborhood of Newport Beach, CA. She specializes in Art Restoration of paintings on canvas and panels and has expended her practice to also include:

porcelain, ceramics, pottery, marble, plaster, alabaster, jades, ivory, clay, stone, majolica, terra-cotta, composite material. Antiquities and ancient artifacts as well as decorative art and collectibles repair and restoration also provided.

She serves a wide variety of clients from Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, as well as the Southern California area and Nation wide.


Before Restoration

Cracking Paint Surface

Painting Restoration

Consolidating Paint layers 

Greek red and black clay wine cup with paintied figures.

Before Repair Restoration



For precise Repair and Restoration that adds value to your art, call:



Meissen, Royal Crown Derby, Royal Doulton, Staffordshire pottery, Sevres, Della Robbia, Quimper, Herend, LLadro, Bohem, Bellek, Imari, Delft, Chelsea, Hummel and more.



2 Responses to About Us

  1. Lynne Castle says:

    My mother has a lladro of a girl playing a mandolin. Her head has been broken off. I would like to have this restored for her. Is this possible? The girl is wearing a blue skirt and has a blue bow in her brown hair. Thank you for your consideration.


  2. Roxanne says:

    Greetings! I found your site through Facebook. I have a degree in Fine Art and was interested in getting involved in art restoration. Are you currently looking for an assistant? I have an eye for fine detail and excellent artistic abilities. Thank you for your time

    Best regards,
    Roxanne Gleason

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