A Hospital for Italy’s damaged Art

On July 3, 2017, in Uncategorized, by Ardenia

Fixing Quake-Damaged Art Works.

This video shows only a small part of the damaged Art and Antiques rescued after the devastating earthquake in Central Italy.   Centuries old paintings, sculptures, crosses, wooden candle holders, porcelain, ceramic, stone statues and Religious figures  were taken from the rubles and stored in this large storehouse.  One by one, every piece is carefully dusted off and examined in order to determine the best conservation treatment necessary to bring the object back to its original beauty.   


A hospital for Italy's earthquake damaged artworks

Broken wings, missing limbs and torn paintings – the hospital fixing more than 4,000 artworks damaged in last year's earthquakes in Italy.

Posted by BBC News on Wednesday, June 14, 2017




We seldom find ourselves needing to consider that a substance made long ago could be safe then, but would be a health hazard in the present day.  After watching this video, I think of the many restorers like myself, who work on antique objects such porcelain figurines, vases, ceramic tiles, clay, pottery on a daily basis that are painted with some of these potentially dangerous colors.  Please watch this fascinating video.  It describes three of the most lethal pigments that were in common use centuries ago – consider that many of the products used today may be viewed the same way centuries hence.



Pottery repair – English Staffordshire.

On February 16, 2017, in Restoring Porcelain, by Ardenia
Before restoration | www.conservefineart.com

Staffordshire zebra | Before repair

After restoration | www.conservefineart.com

Staffordshire zebra | After Restoration





Please click on the images for a closer look.

These two pictures are an example of “before and after” pottery repair. The zebras are made by Staffordshire pottery, one of the most renowned 19th century English pottery manufactory. It took its name from the  homonimus area in England. North Staffordshire became a center of ceramic production in the early 17th century, due to the local availability of clay, salt, lead and coal. Hundreds of companies produced decorative or industrial items where the largest Manufactory was located. The production of Staffordshire decorative objects such as animals and children with animals, are extremely popular among collectors, particularly the early pieces made around the mid 1700’s.


Hieronymous Bosh Modern Animated Version.

On November 23, 2016, in Media, by Ardenia

Modern interpretation of the famous painting “The Garden of Earthly Delights”, created for the 500th anniversary of his death. Amazing!!



Click on the picture below to enlarge – original.


Modern animated version.

Hieronymous Bosh – circa 1490- 1510 oil on panel.


Museums make you happier

On February 15, 2016, in Uncategorized, by Ardenia

Museums make you happier and less lonely, studies find


One of the greatest things about freelancing is that although we’re often very busy, we can choose to be “off” during 9-5 hours. This means that we can visit uncrowded museums and attend other midday events, which are often hellish on the weekends.

Here are 6 reasons you should take a long lunch tomorrow and head off to your local museum:

1. Museums make you less anxious: A study out of the Norweigan University for Science and Technology found that an appreciation of culture and the arts can lower your risk of anxiety and depression. (The study actually found that men benefit from watching or looking at cultural activities more than women do.)

2. Museums reduce stress: Museums “provide a restorative environment for people where they can relax and unwind,” according to a report by Jan Packer of the California Academy of Sciences.

3. Museums have the same effect on your well-being as a raise: If you were to value visiting a museum in dollars, frequent museum visits increase your well-being to the same degree as making an additional $5,301, according to a 2013 study out of the London School of Economics.

4. Museums have a greater impact on well-being as playing a sport, the same report found.

5. Museums make you less lonely: A Senior Lecturer in Biology at University College London found that museums are especially effective among traditionally marginalized, isolated people, like the elderly and unemployed. Museums often also serve as community centers for gatherings such as low-cost classes, community art shows, and other forms of arts education.

6. Museums are good for the economy: Your support for your local museum allows them to grow and attracts tourists to your community. The American Alliance of Museums estimates that museums contribute $21 billion to the economy each year, much of it going to small businesses in the areas around the museum. “Visitors to historic sites and cultural attractions, including museums, stay 53% longer and spend 36% more money than other kinds of tourists,” they say.

Say thanks! Tweet your favorite or local museum now: “Thank you, museums [or @mention your local museum], for supporting our communities and making us all happier! http://bit.ly/1gqc1Z6”


Why Art Restoration is Time Consuming?

On December 2, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Ardenia

Cleaning a Painting

“Why art restoration is time consuming?”
I often hear my customers ask this question, not realizing the time and effort involved to complete the conservation and preservation process.
Please watch this video about “surface cleaning” and perhaps that will lead to a better understanding of why art restoration is so involved. Notice the attention to detail required to clean just a small section of the paint layer. Also, please keep in mind that “surface cleaning” is only one of many steps in the restoration process.


Before and After Restoration – Clay Vase

On November 14, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Ardenia
Fine Art Restoration – Newport Beach

Please click to view “before and after” restoration pictures of this unique Terracotta Etruscan Dolium, 7th century BC. Notice that the in-painting  was kept to a minimum in order to retain the integrity of the piece.  For a closer look, click on the pictures to enlarge.


Before restoration

Before Restoration – Etruscan Dolium

After Restoration

After Restoration – Etruscan Dolium

Please visit our Facebook page ConserveFineArt – Newport Beach to see more samples of our work or click around to find out more.




Tuscany Region – La Dolce Vita

On November 6, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Ardenia

For those who love Italy, here is a video about the Tuscany Region and its Etruscan origin. Learn about the ancient culture, explore magical towns, their traditions, food and much more.



This is an example of our work on repairing a tear on a canvas. The first picture shows the detail of the tear after gluing, patching and matching the surface texture.

The second picture shows the final result after the in-painting was completed by the application of the “color matching” technique.


The tear has been treated and patched with gesso.

Click on the picture to enlarge

Patching and in painting of a teared canvas.

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Painting cleaning – California landscape

On October 20, 2015, in Uncategorized, by Ardenia

Just the perfect touch – a light cleaning – and the true colors reappear!!  The original beauty is revealed again.


Art restoration - after cleaning the painting.Art restoration - before cleaning a painting.

Early California landscape – Oil on canvas




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