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Hidden Flakes Can Be Dangerous When Cleaning.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

As you can see in the following photograph, this painting looks like it is in perfect conditions without any cracks or problems are odvious, however in the trees to the left, there are 6 or 8 very small flakes of paint that are coming off.

Hidden flakes can be dangerous when cleaning.

Hidden flakes can be dangerous when cleaning.

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Stay Away From Flaking Paint!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The most problems people face is to resist the temptation of touching an oil painting that is flaking. I have been amused to witness even the seasoned experienced collectors be rate themselves after they touch a flaking area and knock paint off.

 Damaged art work should be removed from display once it’s damaged due to people’s tempation of touching it.

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3 types of cracks of Fine Art that are directly related to stretcher bars.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

First photograph shows a cracking pattern caused by the painting touching the cross bar. This happens because the painting is loose and/or pressure is put on the front of the painting causing it to press against the cross bar, and/or could be the cross bar is not spaced far away enough from the painting.

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Mistreated Oil Painting Attains an Awful 8 In” Rip.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

 

Awful rip towards the middle of the painting.

Awful rip towards the middle of the painting.

Waves on shore by Robert Wood.

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Dents, Cracks and Rips of Gorgeous Oil Painting by Robert Wood A Result of Poor Handling

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
Mistreated Breath Taking Work of Art.

Mistreated, Breath Taking Work of Art.

The following painting was brought into the lab because it had couple complications: It  contained several dents and tears towards the middle and in the lower right hand corner and it was also it was cracking badly.

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Huell Howser, Hollywood Icon Reconnect

Monday, August 23rd, 2010
Huell Howser

Huell Howser

I was in Palm Springs last Friday (It was a 118 degs!) having dinner with an art dealer and collector when, to my surprise, in through the door came Huell Howser, Hollywood Icon and host of the TV series California Gold. How long has that program been on the air!!!? Talking about staying power!

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Trashed Russian Old Masterpiece Saved

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

This painting has a great story I’m sure you’ll find interesting, even in its abbreviated form:

Painted in 1903, a Russian artist from St. Petersburg sent this painting to America to be exhibited in 1904 at the St. Louis International Exhibition to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase. An art dealer gathered paintings from his country’s best artists to expose their artwork to American buyers but once the paintings were in the United States complications arose. The paintings were shown but the dealer refused to past the custom’s duties. So, after the expo, the paintings were held in limbo for a number of years until they were auctioned off, by Presidential decree. This painting ended up at the De Young Museum, then the Oakland Museum of Art and then to several high end collectors, until it landed unceremoniously buried in stuff in a warehouse sometime in the 1960’s we assume.

Recently, the painting was unceremoniously designated to be discarded until a sharp-eyed collector saved it from the dumpster. What probably happened was that after a small rip had been repaired poorly, then another, and another… finally, the damage and the dirty surface made it fit for “long term storage” where it was forgotten… until someone started to clear things out.

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Art Treasure Found In The Trash

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Consult Professional Conservation Services Before Getting Rid of Art

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Damaged Art And A Detective Story- A Japanese American

Friday, June 11th, 2010

This just came in the lab this morning. A very nice portrait of a Japanese American from 1944 in oil. Why it would be trimmed of its edges in such an ugly manner can only be explained by the painting being pulled from its frame, cut unceremoniously off its stretcher bars then rolled up and a hurried departure. Was the owner fleeing a natural disaster? Or maybe it was the social difficulties for Japanese Americans in 1944 when the USA confined American Citizens to concentration camps. In that desperate time, people fled with few possessions, stashed stuff in storage for, hopefully, later retrieval. We have done a lot of work for the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles over the years and they tell a heroic compelling story. (http://www.janm.org).

Damaged by being rolled up.

Damaged by being rolled up.

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Old Crusty Label Reveals Valuable Info On Antique Painting

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

We had a painting come into the lab from a CA client that use to be part of an old family estate in NY. The painting was very high quality, but very dirty and it had 16 holes in it. On the back was an old crusty brown label with no writing on it…. or so it seemed!

No writing on it... or was there?

No writing on it... or was there?

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