Conservation services that are available in addition to furniture treatment and gilded objects conservation include paint and pigment analysis, identification of wood species, coatings (varnishes) analysis and structure along with comprehensive collection assessments and consultation.
Using microscopy, the species of wood can almost always be accurately identified based on cellular structures. Sample sizes are very small and taken from discreet areas. The identification of woods used in artifacts, combined with art historical knowledge can provide useful information to the provenance of artifacts.
PIGMENT ANALYSIS AND VARNISHES
Pigment identification can often help in evaluating authenticity of objects and can sometimes decide what conservation treatments can and cannot be applied. Additionally, identification of the straigraphy (layering) of varnish coatings can help identify possible original coatings and very often direct treatment decisions.
PACKING AND SHIPPING
Packing and shipping is a science. Improper packing can lead to disasters that are preventable with proper planning and the use of correct materials. Tom has attended seminars with the foremost authorities in the shipment of artifacts and can design a shipping system to fit your needs.
Assessments, condition surveys and advice regarding the documentation, storage and preservation of your entire collection and their environments can help increase the longevity of your works of art.