Just in time for the holidays, The Conservation Center completed extensive frame work for a beautiful Madonna and Child painting for the Diocese of Rockford collection. Josh McCauley, The Center’s Associate Conservator of Frames and Gilding, carved out new decorations by hand, showing off his true attention to detail and expert craftsmanship. Learn how the Madonna and Child frame was conserved.
The First National Bank of LaGrange (FNBLG) recently brought its Presidential Check Collection--one of the most comprehensive in the country--to The Center for conservation. This assemblage of checks written by 39 of the 43 U.S. presidents captures a unique piece of the American history and gives a glimpse back into the chief executives' professional and private financial lives.
This holiday season, treat your loved ones to the gift of art conservation and help them preserve treasured artworks, big or small. The Conservation Center is pleased to offer gift certificates in any denomination of your choice. And, a gift for you too: we're offering free examinations for items dropped off on select days in November and December.
TCC's Executive Administrator Sally Johnson reminisces about her first account: her parent's antique mirror from Les Puces flea market in Paris.
These images speak for themselves! Check out some recent items to come through the doors of The Conservation Center, how they looked by the time they left, and the stories behind the artwork.
The Conservation Center is proud to announce we will once again be serving as the fine art conservators for EXPO CHICAGO 2013. Please mark your calendars for September 19th-22nd 2013 for The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art in Chicago located at Navy Pier.
Our frame conservator assembled this pictorial story, documenting each step of the process of repairing this 19th Century Rococo Revival frame.
This painting was brought to our studio after having sustained fire damage. The work is an early, well executed copy, circa mid 19th century, after Titian’s “A Portrait of Aretino”. The original is housed in Palazzo Pitti, Florence. Pietro Aretino was a well known playwright, poet and satiric, who had significant influence on contemporary art and politics in Europe in the 1500s. Because of this influence, he became a close friend to Titian.
Gold, silver, mirrors, marble, and dynamic geometric forms accent and set off unique and in some cases unconventional design elements through one of David Adler’s 1930’s homes. Designed by David Adler and built in 1931-32, in the Georgian Revival Style, this home, under treatment by The Chicago Conservation Center, has undergone various modifications through the years. Recently acquired by the current owners, the home is in the process of a large scale and long-term renovation and restoration project.
Vastly under appreciated for over half a century, the Arts and Crafts period is gleaning second looks from historians, collectors, and art enthusiasts- those who had previously discarded much of the original frames from that period in favor of the more popular, and often reproduction, French and English inspired frames. I think it is likely that many of the Artisans from the Arts and Crafts period would have been mortified to find their paintings in the very style of frame to which their frame had been created as a form of revolt! Today, this resurgence of interest in the Arts and Crafts ‘revolt’ has sparked a flame of curiosity and an endeavor to reunite paintings with original frames, or reproduction frames made to closely resemble the originals. Since so many of the original Arts and Crafts frames were routinely over-painted, stripped and refinished- or simply discarded- few original period frames of quality are extant. Therefore, to find an example of an original frame in a condition of any note is a rare find.