Contact Us Price Lists Case Histories Before and After Our Services About Us Main Page


Here are some examples of special restorations done by senior conservator, Thomas Tomc. Compare the before and after images which are shown in some detail on this page. If you'd like an even closer look, click on the image and a new window will open with the poster approximately twice the size shown here. Close the new window to return to this page. Some examples shown here will also be discussed in more detail in our case histories section which is currently under consruction.


Click Image to Enlarge

 

Click Image to Enlarge

If you had an original example of the only lithographic poster created by Gustav Klimt that was water damaged, soiled, ink stained, faded and severely creased, you would certainly want to ensure its preservation and increase its value by having it professionally restored.

First, the old linen-canvas backing that had caused the poster to shrink and wrinkle, creating surface cracks, had to be carefully removed without creating further damage to the original paper. Then, the poster was carefully washed in a hydrating solution to remove soil, ink stains and surface acidity. Re-hydration is important to �relax� the paper so that wrinkles and other deformations can be smoothed out.

Next, a light bleaching in a pH neutral chemical solution restored the brightness and tone of the paper and ink. After bleaching, the poster was thoroughly rinsed for several hours, to remove residual chemicals. After allowing the re-mounted and pressed poster to �cure� for a sufficient time, the final steps included surface repairs to a number of areas that had been damaged by years of neglect. paints that were used during the in-painting process to restore the upper-left quadrant, the shield and the lower third. These required restoration of surface irregularities from water damage which caused wrinkles and cracks due to shrinkage of the previously applied canvas backing. The after image shows the result of our workmanship.


Click Image to Enlarge

 

Click Image to Enlarge

This colorful poster (c.1898) advertised the John Robinson's Circus prime attraction, "Congo" the baby hippo. While the poster was largely intact, it was held together by heavy paper painter's tape which criss-crossed the back of the poster and is easily seen in the 'before" view. After careful removal of tape, which was a long pocess, a good cleaning helped restore some of the original vibrant color.

Significant areas were replaced with contemporaneous paper. Then, in-painting was used to replace many of those areas with original drawing and also repairs were made where the image had suffered from neglect and abuse. The result is near-original, making it an attractive addition to the owner's vintage circus poster collection.


Click Image to Enlarge

 

Click Image to Enlarge

This interesting example of a late 19th Century poster advertising Buffalo Bill Cody's "Wild West" Show was nearly complete when received. None-the-less, vintage paper had to be obtained to replace that which had been lost. Restoration also included significant-inpainting to match the poster's colors after removal of a century of soil.

After restoration, preservation was ensured by the use of non-acidic backing and reversible pasting. This Buffalo Bill show will continue to entertain for decades.


Click Image to Enlarge

 

Click Image to Enlarge

This large (approximately 6 by 5½ foot) pre-Civil War outdoor poster (c. 1850), printed from a woodcut by an unknown artist, was nearly totally lost until discovered on an abandoned New England barn. Weathered by nearly 150 years of exposure, large parts were missing and other sections severely damaged.

After transporation to the shop, the poster was carefully removed from the barn sections and washed. Next, a linen backing was applied and the poster's original dimensions were restored with vintage paper. Many hours were devoted to the inpainting by senior conservator, Thomas Tomc, to replicate the missing woodcut areas. This unique example, restored to its original beauty and glory, is now a part of the collection of the Tibbals Learning Center of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.


Click Image to Enlarge

 

Click Image to Enlarge

Cat People was a B-Thriller from 1942 which tells the story of a young Serbian woman, Irena Dubrovna (Simone Simon) who is haunted by the myth of the cat people of her village. After removal of tape and ink stains, a good "bath" cleaned the poster and helped to restore the original vibrant colors. In-painting was used to replace some areas where the image had suffered from neglect and abuse. The result is near-original and makes an attractive addition to any vintage movie poster collection.


Click Image to Enlarge

 

Click Image to Enlarge

This German poster from the National Socialist era had been severely creased, soiled and disclored before we began restoration. Again, a good "bath" helped to restore the original vibrant color and in-painting replaced those areas where the image had suffered from neglect and abuse.

If your special project has been waiting for the services of a state-of-the-art restoration studio where meticulous craftmanship and the finest materials are combined with the talents of a noted artist, then The Art of Restoration, Ltd. is here to serve your needs. From a one-of-a-kind historical masterpiece to a dozen vintage or contemporary film posters, we approach each project with the same careful attention to detail, providing quality restoration at affordable prices. Give us a call at (312) 733-1153 or send us an e-mail.



Main | About Us | Our Services | Before & After | Case Histories | Price Lists | Contact |

© 2006-2016 - The Art of Restoration, Ltd. - (312) 733-1153 - e-mail