When encountering damaged art and speciality collection items, many claims professionals are uncertain about replacement cost values, available repair options or the cost effectiveness of treatments and repairs. For example, we received an email from an adjuster seeking information about a broken antique statue:
Portrait of Edward Church, an oil painting on canvas by Jacques-Antoine Vallin, was brought to Carolina Conservation after suffering severe fire damage in our client’s home. As Edward Church’s great (times six!) grandson, our client is a direct descendant with a wealth of knowledge about his ancestor and the accompanying portrait of him.
Packing up a natural history museum’s worth of taxidermy? Check. Full Tyvek suits and respirators in 105-degree weather? Check. Surviving off canned tuna in the wake of a hurricane landfall? Double check. You won’t see the same day twice as an Art Handler at Carolina Conservation, but that’s what gives the job its appeal to our incredibly dedicated and talented crew.
After being forgotten for nearly 105 years, an old marquee sign with historical significance was unveiled on January 17, 2019 at The Grand, a boutique bowling alley located on Main Street in downtown Columbia. The revealing of the sign marked the establishment’s one-year anniversary celebration and showcased the efforts being made by The Grand in preserving Columbia’s history.
After a yearlong stint at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Jackson Pollock’s 20-foot-wide Mural has made its way to Columbia, S.C. The 1943 painting, commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim, marks a significant turning point in Pollock’s career and carries an estimated value of $140 million.
During WWII, pilots used air navigation charts with bomb targeting sites during their operations over enemy occupied territory. Maps like this were often hand held in the cockpit by pilots and navigators during numerous missions. After the war, many of these maps were lost, discarded or destroyed. Some airmen brought these maps home where they would become heirlooms and an important part of family history.
Recently we were called by a client and asked to respond to a large loss where our staff would have to work in a sterile and secure environment. For several weeks we worked in isolation as we recovered and processed millions of dollars worth of contents that had been affected by a Category 3 water loss.
There are few things that are so certain in life. Sooner or later we’re all going to die. Fortunately for anyone reading this, it is highly unlikely that you will end up stuffed and hanging on the wall of someone’s den. Although, just as surely as you and I will kick the bucket one day, as a contents professional you are eventually bound to make the acquaintance of some creature that has met exactly that fate.
A private client recently asked for our help in repairing this beautiful plaster relief that belongs to his family. It was severely damaged when it was accidentally closed in a car trunk. Due to the high sentimental value of the relief, it was was extremely important to the client that it be repaired properly and professionally.
In cases where there has been a partial loss to the paint layers, the loss is filled and retouched using reversible fills and retouching pigments. In order to keep the viewer’s eye from being drawn to the repaired areas of loss, the conservator uses a retouching technique referred to as mimetic retouching.