25 07, 2016

Framing Tips and Sales

By |2018-07-28T12:18:40-05:00July 25th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Framing Tips and Sales

Oil paintings generally cost less to frame initially because they don’t need matting and glass. However, they must be maintained periodically. Even in (apparently) good condition, paintings should be cleaned and resealed regularly. Paintings accumulate dirt, residue from cigarette smoke, etc. on their surface so gradually that we don’t notice it. Old varnish yellows, darkens, [...]

15 04, 2013

Oil paintings

By |2016-07-26T12:49:25-05:00April 15th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Most people know how an oil painting is done, but they usually don't know that every oil painting needs a clear sealer to protect it from moisture, dirt, cigarette smoke, etc. Without a sealer, those things penetrate the oil paint itself can cause damage. If a painting was sealed more than 5-10 years ago, it [...]

29 04, 2011

Gold Leafing

By |2011-04-29T19:00:11-05:00April 29th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

Richard Kornemann, conservator at THE MUSEUM SHOP, LTD. uses 23K gold leaf for many things: picture frames he's restoring, for architectural elements, on furniture (such as a baptismal font), and signs. To see an example, look at THE MUSEUM SHOP, LTD. Ltd's own sign, which has been out in the elements for 20 years. Note [...]

6 01, 2011

Restoring family photographs and documents

By |2017-02-20T13:57:12-05:00January 6th, 2011|Blog|0 Comments

We all have old family photographs from several generations as well as old documents such as letters, paperwork from Ellis Island, etc. Doing the easy thing--throwing them into cardboard boxes--is NOT the way to treat them, especially if you want to pass them on to your children or grandchildren. Documents need to be deacidified to [...]

20 10, 2010

Art Theft

By |2010-10-20T19:39:28-05:00October 20th, 2010|Blog|0 Comments

We've all heard about priceless paintings being stolen from major museums. You may not know that there is a register for lost or stolen art and that museums have their own network to help retrieve missing art. If interested, see One use for this register is to record the more than 20,000 art objects [...]

29 09, 2010

How is an Etching Made?

By |2017-02-20T13:57:12-05:00September 29th, 2010|Blog|0 Comments

Before cameras were commonplace, there was no way to save the images of places visited, loved ones, events, etc.......unless you were an artist. Doing an oil painting was fine, but it only produced one. Enter etching, which was (partially) portable and could produce many copies. Artists such as James McNiell Whistler and Joseph Pennell carried [...]

29 09, 2010

Utraviolet Light in Oil Painting Restoration

By |2010-09-29T19:42:01-05:00September 29th, 2010|Blog|0 Comments

One procedure we use to analyze the condition of an oil painting is examination under ultraviolet light, which can yield much information. THE MUSEUM SHOP, LTD. has found hidden signatures which were not visible under normal light. We have found second, presumably original, signatures. Details not visible to the naked eye can be apparent under [...]

24 09, 2010

Antique Japanese Woodcuts

By |2010-09-24T19:45:05-05:00September 24th, 2010|Blog|0 Comments

THE MUSEUM SHOP, LTD. is currently having a show of original Japanese woodcuts, most from the Edo Period (1600-1868). Featured are woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) by the Masters: Ando Hiroshige, Hiroshige II, Kawase Hasui, Hiroshi Yoshida, Tokoriki, Sharaku, Haranobu, and other important Japanese artists. Some depict scenes of the vibrant, plebian life of Old Japan; some [...]

2 06, 2010

How do you tell if your prints on paper have rag board?

By |2017-02-20T13:57:12-05:00June 2nd, 2010|Blog|1 Comment

You may remember that we've discussed rag board before. It is acid-free and must be used in the preservation of prints on paper and documents. It is the acid in regular paper mats that causes prints to evenly discolor all over, get brown spots, (foxing) as if someone had taken a cigarette and randomly burned [...]