OIL PAINT CONSERVATION

 


Oil Paint was used in antique furniture and woodwork as a means of enhancing decoration with figurative designs or painting, or imitating more expensive woods,  or other materials which may not have been readily available, such as tortoise shell, or expensive marquetry. Often used on primitive furniture, paint decorated hope or dowery chests, room paneling, clocks, mirrors, pianos, neoclassical  cabinetry, and other furniture.

 

When paint is hundreds of years old, it may be in need of conservation. There are a variety of reasons for conserving paint finishes:

 

Removing later varnishes without removing the original paint,

Removing overpainting covering beautiful original paint,

Infilling missing designs, that may have been damaged or lost adhesion and flaked off

Fire or smoke damage

Move damages

 

Some examples of oil paint conservation projects are shown below:

 

George II Tallcase Clock, ca. 1760

 

Oil Paint Conservation/George II Clock

George II Clock with shattered Eglomaise painted and gilt glass panes below the broken swan's neck pediment- before



Eglomaise painted and gilt glass panels replicated, after

Eglomaise painted and gilt glass panels replicated, after



Eglomaise painted glass showing loss of adhesion and physical damages before

Eglomaise painted glass showing loss of adhesion and physical damages before



Eglomaise painted and gilt glass- after

Eglomaise painted and gilt glass- after



Eglomaise painted glass showing loss of adhesion and  physical damages before

Eglomaise painted glass showing loss of adhesion and physical damages before

 

 

The severe damage to the original glass was unacceptable to the owner, who elected to restore to original condtion.

 

Primitive Pennsylvania German Dowery Chest, ca. 1809

 

Pennsylvania German settlers had a long history of paint decoration of furniture, to apply culturally important decoration, and often to enhance inexpensive use of woods, to resemble more costly imported woods not available in rural areas.



Chest with milk paint decoration produced in Pennsylvania suffering from physical damages and long usage

Chest with milk paint decoration produced in Pennsylvania suffering from physical damages and long usage



Top of chest shown restored, leaving significant distress intact, not over-restored

Top of chest shown restored, leaving significant distress intact, not over-restored



Front of Pennsylvania Dutch chest after conservation of milk paint finish

Front of Pennsylvania Dutch chest after conservation of milk paint finish



Bracket foot showing considerable distress- before

Bracket foot showing considerable distress- before



Pennsylvania Dutch chest


Oil Painting Portrait Conservation of Polychrome Painting on Canvas, artist unknown, ca. early Nineteenth Century

 

Oil Painting Portrait Conservation of Polychrome Painting on Canvas Before Oil Painting Portrait Conservation of Polychrome Painting on Canvas After

Before

After



Before condition poor, canvas weak, paint extensively crazed, overvarnish oxidized, ripped Before condition poor, canvas weak, paint extensively crazed, overvarnish oxidized, ripped

Before condition poor, canvas weak, paint extensively crazed, overvarnish oxidized, ripped

 



Painting during cleaning, prior to repair Oil Painting Cleaning almost complete

Painting during cleaning, prior to repair

 

Oil Painting Cleaning almost complete



Painting during filling of tears Conservation complete, new varnish applied

Painting during filling  of tears

 

Conservation complete, new varnish applied




 

Pickups & Delivery by our truck throughout metropolitan NY, NJ, PA, and CT-

Pickups of entire assembled Eames Lounge Chair may be inexpensively arranged throughout the Midwest and Eastern US, from Texas to Chicago, Florida to Boston

 

We arrange pickup and delivery promptly throughout metropolitan NY, including NY and NYC, NJ, PA, and  at CT at modest cost.  We can arrange for pickup and delivery of furniture throughout the United States east of the Mississippi, as well as all of Louisiana and eastern Texas with a recommended common carrier, TSC Moving (Hallandale, FL), www.tscmoving.com  They are very reliable, and surprisingly economical for long-distance moves. Fine furniture deserves the best care, and is worth the trip.




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