Any time a piece of artwork is damaged, it is a disaster. Preservation Arts has experience treating artworks with the following types of damage:
Smoke damage from fires
Water damage from floods
Insects & Rodents
Mold from storage
Damage during shipping
Cracks and breaks from accidents
Tears & scratches
Call Preservation Arts!
We will assess the condition of the artwork or collection, and propose a plan of action. Disaster Response Services may include:
Assisting with insurance claims
Triage of damaged artworks
Transportation to the studio for repair
Art Storage before and after treatment
Repair of Artwork
Preservation Arts treated over 900 artworks in the aftermath of the Santa Rosa fires in 2017.
This 10th century Indian sculpture to the right is typical of a treatment to remove carbon caused by smoke from the surface of a porous stone.
The contemporary painting below is in the process of having smoked removed the surface.
Removal of acidic smoke particles is essential for long term preservation of artworks.
Water Damaged Screen
Severely water damaged Asian lacquer panels from a Chinese Coromandel screen. Older lacquer is particularly sensitive to water and can be severely damaged in disaster situations such as flooding or sprinklers. This 19th century screen had a shellac coating that had blanched on exposure to water.
What should you do if…
an object breaks… Keep all the pieces, no matter how tiny. Take photo.
a painting gets wet… Remove from area with water. Let air dry. Do not wipe.
a piece of art is exposed to smoke … Do not try to clean with chemicals as they may be absorbed into the artwork.
a painting gets torn… Do not tape, glue or sew as you may damage the paint and make repair more difficult.
Water Damaged Painting
When exposed to water, paint on canvas can blister, tent, curl crack and delaminate from the canvas very rapidly. All of these issues are seen below in the Before Treatment photo below. Preservation Arts expertly treated the damage as shown in the bottom photo.