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    William Trego, The Rescue of the Colors
    William Trego (American 1858-1909), The Rescue of the Colors (Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia) The first step in the conservation process is to face the surface of the painting with a layer of Japanese tissue paper. Once the paper is...

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    Chester County Courthouse Mural
    A few months ago Gratz Gallery & Conservation Studio was commissioned by Chester County to conserve a mural that hung in the Chester County Courthouse. The courthouse where the mural hung for many years was scheduled to be renovated, and...

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    Frame Reconstruction
    This particular frame had fallen off the wall at a client's home. As a result much of the ornate detailing had broken off of the main body of the frame. Our conservators carefully sorted through the broken pieces and reconstructed...

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    The Fountain Inn, by Louis Larsen
    The Fountain Inn, by Louis Larsen, was a very challenging conservation assignment. When the painting arrived in the gallery it was covered in a layer of air-borne soot, grime and nicotine, as well as a discolored, dull varnish. The paint...

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    Frame Restoration, oil gilding method
    Frame restoration is a multi-step, often complicated process. Please note that there are two ways to gild an object: oil gilding and water gilding. This project used the oil gilding method. This frame came to the gallery badly damaged. There...

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