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Hidden flaking can be knocked off when dusting

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The photograph looks like it is in perfect condition without any cracks or problems evident. However in the trees to the left, there are 6 or 8 very small flakes of paint that are coming off. These types of hard to see flakes are often knocked off when cleaning ladies dust art work. Here are […]

Cracking and damaged paintings caused by stretcher bars

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Cracking of paintings and damage cause by stretcher bars. There are 3 types of cracks of Fine Art that are directly related to stretcher bars. First photograph shows diagonal cracking that will form in each conner, this cracking pattern is very common, and has been recreated in artificial aging tests which have confirmed that they […]

Why Do We Touch an Oil Paint That is Flaking?

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One of the biggest problems people have 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. The problem of people touching damage painting is the reason why, […]

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

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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. These dents and rips should have been avoided if it was taken care of properly! This kind of damage was more likely caused  by storing it carelessly and obviously leaning […]

Huell Howser Star Sighting

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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! It […]

Huell Howser, Hollywood Icon Reconnect

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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! It […]

Trashed Russian Old Masterpiece Saved

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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 […]

Art Treasure Found In The Trash

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Consult Professional Conservation Services Before Getting Rid of Art Amazingly, this vintage piece was found flaking and filthy in the garbage! Then the dumpster diver who found the item, who obviously thought it wasn’t worth much, gave it to a restorer who made a inept attempt to do a “restoration.”  This consisted of an abundant application of wax to […]

Damaged Art And A Detective Story- A Japanese American

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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 […]