PAINTINGS RESTORATION - FIRE DAMAGE - INSURANCE CLAIMS
       SZELAG ART CONSERVATION INC
                  Saint  Louis             314-427-3006
                         Since 1990
FIRE, SMOKE and WATER DAMAGE
Fire is the worst accident beyond our control which can occur to painting. The dramatic
process of damage begins with accumulation of layer of smoke and soot on the surface of
painting.
Extreme heat will cause the paint to swell then form rised blisters. These get bigger, finally
bubbles filled with hot gases will crack and form open crater-like holes.
Water and fire extinguisher foam runs
over the sooty paint surface leaving
whitish streaks. If water penetrates
through paint layer to the canvas or
board this support may distort and
shrink causing paint to lift away and
form "tented" ridges of loose paint.
RESTORATION
As soon as possible after fire,
surface  of the painting should be
 - cleaned to remove the smoke,
soot and other foreign matter
( the presence of varnish can  
significantly increase the
chances of  succesfull cleaning)
followed by reduction of any
residual staining,          
next is
-  consolidation and flattening of
lifted blistered areas
-  repair of distortions or
damages
-  fills and inpainting of areas of
lost paint ( in most difficult  cases
repainting of damaged  areas may
be the only option to return the
painting to a displayable
condition)
-  varnishing    
BEFORE
AFTER
oil on canvas by Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), French , early 19th c. copy, original in Louvre, Paris
The Shepards of Arcadia
Our services are recommended by
*  
Link Auctions Galleries*
*  
Saint Louis Art Museum *
      
and the  most prestigious
    
   antique dealers in town
 *  Kodner Gallery *
 *  Jules Pass Antiques *
 *  Clark Graves Antiques *
and many antique and art galleries
Upper part of the painting badly damage by fire
Partial list of past and present clients
 
* State of Missouri
  * Tower Grove Park
  * Cupples House Museum
  * Missouri Botanical Garden
  * Anheuser- Busch
  * Grant's Farm
  * Campbell House Museum
  * Saint Louis Club
  * Ziern-Hanon Galleries
  * Duane-Reed Galleries
  * Deutschheim State Historic Site

  
* Hunter Dawson State Historic  Site
  * Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

  
* Arrow Rock State Historic Site
  * Pershing Boyhood State Historic Site

  * Union Station
  * The Supreme Court of Missouri
All objects are fully insured and protected
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