Art Restoration Services in Cincinnati

by Administrator31. March 2014 17:35

We provide so many art restoration services that it's hard to keep track of them all - which isn't exactly a bad thing. It just means we do it all!

We have been providing art restoration services collectors, individual people, museums, schools, libraries, interior designers, dealers and insurance companies since 1978. Our reach is nationwide.

We have over 150 years of experience among our staff members, and each and every one of them offers a unique and wide variety of art restoration and conservation services. We will take your piece and restore it to its former beauty, as well as preserve damaged or deteriorated art. We have worked on it all, including photographs, antiques, collectibles, documents, family heirlooms and much, much more.

From easier repairs and cleaning, to museum conservation and restorations, we follow the guidelines in the Standards of Practice and Codes of Ethics established by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (A.I.C) with every piece. We take detail to heart and into mind when working on your delicate pieces.

Just some of our art restoration and conservation services include:

Paintings Cleaned, Restored and Conserved

Frame Repair, Restoration and Gilding

Porcelain and Art Pottery Repaired and Restored

Glass & Crystal Repaired and Restored

Silver & Metal Repair, Restoration, Polishing and Plating

Bronze Cleaning, Restoration, Waxing and Patination

Statuary and Stone Cleaning, Consolidation and Restoration

Ivory Stabilized, Restored and Preserved

Wood and Furniture Cleaning, Repair, Polishing and Conservation

Photograph Restoration, Preservation and Digital Reproduction

Paper & Prints Cleaned, DE acidified and Conservation

Modern & Historic Document Deacidification, Mending and Preservation

Museum Quality Conservation Framing

Art Lighting – Systems Design and Installation

Art Handling, Packing and Shipping

Collection Surveys and Inspections

Insurance Claims

Fire & Water Damage Restoration

Emergency Disaster Art Recovery Services

Fine Art Appraisals arranged with Qualified Appraisers

Consultations, Lectures and Seminars


The Professional Photo Restoration Process

by Administrator9. December 2013 15:01

How does someone go about restoring an old or damaged photo? How would you breathe new life into something so old and weathered?

Well, it's not easy, we'll tell you that! But it ultimately depends on: 1) what kind of work needs to be done to the photograph and 2) if you want either the actual photo restored or if you want it to be turned into a digital restoration instead. Our digital restoration services can restore your damaged photos to new by using the latest and greatest graphical image manipulation technology to date. This is the route you want to go in if your photograph is in a state of intense deterioration. 

So How Does it Work?

The digital photo restoration, one of the more common forms, is actually quite difficult.

You start with a high-resolution scanned copy of the photo. (NOTE: the original copy of your photo will be returned to you in the same condition that it was received. It will NOT be altered.) We then evaluate the photo and make notes about where it will need digital alterations, and how to go about them.

Restoration Process

Once the photo is scanned and evaluated, it's cropped to specify the working areas. Any "obvious" problems such as spots, tears, holes, cracks, fading, stains and scratches are removed. The overall color and contrast is usually altered as well. All of these steps are taken to present a clean and clear working photograph.

Image manipulation programs such as Adobe Photoshop are usually used to patch, "heal" and clone certain spots of the photo. The program (usually) knows how to automatically identify problem areas. Using the built-in tools usually mean you'll need to work around with them a lot, trying different things out until you get the desired effect.

From there we will touch up the details using some of the tools in our digital manipulation program, trying to match it as close as we can to the original. A photo that's restored to the likeness of the original will be not only free of defects, but it'll be colorized correctly (and free from fading), it will be of a high resolution, and it will be clean. Check out some of our digitally restored photos below!


Photos Could be Timeless With Our Photo Restoration Service

by Administrator6. November 2013 14:16

Photographs are miraculous things. They catch a single moment in history for the rest of time, provided that they hold up through time. Unfortunately, as photos get older, they start to age: they change color, fade, become wrinkled, and might even get damaged by the elements. Photographs can even suffer from acidity, tears, stains and holes. But never fear, that's why we're here to help! Our photo restoration and preservation services include cleaning, flattening, repairing, color-matching and retouching. We also offer digital photo restoration services -- another method to get that beautiful photo right back to new. This option should be used if your photo is beyond normal repair limits. Preserve the important moments from your past and inquire about our photo restoration services!

Preventing Photo Deterioration

There are a few things you can do to proactively take care of your cherished photographs.

Consider these pointers:

  • Store them in a photograph album with film to cover them.
  • Do not store them in the attic or basement, where they would be subject to intense heat/humidity, cold or dampness.
  • Wear clean gloves when handling them.
  • Handle them gently.
  • Touch the sides of the photos when handling them.

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Above: Restored photograph, Old World Restorations

Art Restoration Cincinnati

Above: Restored photograph, Old World Restorations


Frame Restoration

by Administrator21. October 2013 21:11

So you have an old frame that you absolutely adore, but it's just not its old self anymore? Perhaps it looks worn, tarnished, and is even cracked, broken and discolored in places.

We can help!

We do frame and gold leaf restoration. We put as much care and attention into restoring frames as we would the painting itself. We can restore any type of frame, including even the simplest wooden frames.

Our frame restoration services include:

  • Cleaning
  • Repairing 
  • Stabilization of corners
  • Color-matching
  • Gilding
  • Toning
  • Fabrication of missing pieces
Below is an excellent example of our work. Call us with any questions at (513) 271-5459.


Above: Before the restoration process

Painting Repair

Above: After the restoration process


How Does Painting & Art Restoration Work?

by Administrator2. October 2013 18:44

The concept behind the process of art restoration is simple: the act of restoring and polishing up a piece of work of art to a previous state that the restorer believes to be its "original" state. The technique behind it, though, is something else entirely. So how does art restoration work?

Restoring Oil Paintings

This restoration process refers to several different things, all wrapped up into one. Restorers will remove surface dirt and discoloring, apply professional treatments, and, if needed, replace elements of the painting with similar pigment. (These are the main steps, but there are many more steps, as indicated below.)  A good professional restorer will make sure that the retouching of the artwork is limited to specific areas of paint loss and/or damaged areas. Oil paintings can be touched up with glaze that is transparent or semi-transparent, as well, always as needed. Of course, the techniques used will vary by piece of art. Each piece will be restored in accordance with its colors, shapes, genre, structure and its original materials will be kept in mind during the process.

A note on the backing support of oil painting: The different types of material support used for oil paintings can include wood paneling, paper, cardboard, composition board, metal and canvas. Each one can offer a different advantage for the artist and artwork, but will come along with different procedures for the person restoring the art.

Our Process

Our restoration process is much more "scientific." We have a many-stepped process that includes a scientific analysis of the artwork, restoration of damage, reduction or removal of yellowed varnish, infilling of the paint loss and more.


Antique Furniture Restoration

by Administrator10. September 2013 14:48

Antique Furniture Restoration

The big thing you’ll have to be aware of when considering restoring your antique furniture is that it will likely lose almost, if not all, of its value if not done correctly. This is because antique collectors much prefer that the old / original material in the creation of the furniture be kept intact. Is a piece of furniture truly an antique if the original materials are no longer present?

That being said, the antique restoration industry has changed vastly over the years. The practice of caring for and restoring fine furniture is now dedicated to preserving the original finish and individual elements of the furniture. Special attention is given to every area that makes the antique special.

Our Policies

We restore and preserve these types of antique furniture:

      ·        Paper-mache

      ·        Wood

      ·        Lacquer

      ·        Stone

      ·        Ivory

      ·        Metal

Our antique restorers give each element of the furniture individual attention in the restoration of the whole object.

Cleaning Antique Furniture

Antique furniture cleaning needs to be done with the same amount of caution. A reputable antique furniture cleaner will be able to identify all of the materials used to create the piece. The cleaner should then know that each material used in its construction will have a different reaction to the solvents and cleaning agents to clean it.

In conclusion, we will work with you in deciding whether to restore, preserve or clean your antique furniture. We have experienced furniture conservators willing to talk it out with you and go over your options. Let us know how we can help – call us at (513) 271-5459.


Our Art Restoration Services

by Administrator22. August 2013 18:30

We provide a wide range of art restoration and conservation services. We clean, restore and conserve paintings, repair, restore and gild frames, repair and restore glass and crystal art, and so much more! Check out a list of our services below:

ü  Silver and metal: repair, restoration, polishing and plating

ü  Bronze: cleaning, restoration, waxing and patination

ü  Statuary and stone: cleaning, consolidation and restoration

ü  Ivory: stabilized, restored and preserved

ü  Wood and furniture: cleaning, repair, polishing and conservation

ü  Photographs: restoration, preservation and digital reproduction

ü  Paper and prints: cleaned, de-acidified and conservation

ü  Modern and historic document: de-acidification, mending and preservation

ü  Museum quality conservation framing

ü  Art lighting: systems design and installation

ü  And more


If your art, antiques, family photos and old documents need cleaned or restored, the experts at Old World Restorations will restore them to their original beauty! We can help you preserve a piece of your past or help you get it looking like new for future generations. 

When does art need restored?

Art may need restored or it may need cleaned if it is showing any of the following signs:

      ·         Discoloration

      ·         Visible cracks

      ·         Spots

      ·         Darkening

      ·         Fading

      ·         Fire or water damage

Call us at (513) 271-5459 (extension 101) for more details.

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Selecting a Conservator to Restore your Art and Antiques

by Administrator29. December 2012 16:24

When damage occurs to art, antiques, photographs and historic documents you should seek the advice of an experienced conservator.

A professional conservator can diagnose problems, provide treatment options when necessary, prescribe a maintenance plan and recommend proper display and storage practices to prevent further damage.

Choosing the right conservator to best restore and preserve your treasures can sometimes be complicated and intimidating. Many private conservators provide restoration and conservation services to the general public, as well as to museums and institutions.

You should select a conservator in the same way that you would choose a doctor, lawyer or any other professional. Make sure that the conservator’s training, experience and facility are appropriate for your needs. Don’t hesitate to ask for and check references, see examples of completed projects that are similar to yours and to tour their facility.

Verify that the conservator has established appropriate handling and storage procedures, provides adequate security and the proper insurance to protect your items while in their care.

Ask the conservator if the results of their proposed treatment can be reversed without further damage to the item (which is important) and if they will provide you with written estimates and detailed documentation of all treatments performed. The selection of a conservator depends in part on the type of materials that require treatment.

The restoration and conservation of paintings, ceramics, wooden objects, textiles, metals and paper demands different knowledge, facilities and expertise.

Seek recommendations from museums and galleries in your community. Many museums use the services of conservators to care for items in their collections. Curators of such institutions are usually willing to provide the names and addresses of conservators who have performed conservation treatments.

Contact Old World Restorations, Inc.  Cincinnati,Ohio for your Art Conservation and Restoration needs.  (513) 271-5459



How to Hang Art properly

by Administrator29. December 2012 16:20

Hanging art is much easier than you might think. All it takes is a little creativity, planning, accurate measurements and sufficient hardware. Consideration should be given to the size, weight and condition of framed art to best determine the safest and most secure method of hanging. If the art is damaged or deteriorated, or the frame is loose and flaking they should be stabilized and/or restored prior to hanging.

The type and placement of the hanging hardware is very important. Far too often, adequate hardware is improperly positioned on the frame or wall, causing the art to crash to the floor. Picture hanging hardware is available in most hardware stores and frame shops, or can be ordered on line. I do not recommend the use of threaded “screw eyes” to attach hanging wire. These small fasteners can loosen over time and pull out of the frame. Nor do I recommend using a single nail or screw to hold framed art on the wall. Look for hanging hardware that will support the size and weight of the art and can be fastened to both the frame and wall with more than one screw or nail. The best hangers to attach on the back of the frame are the “strap” type that provides more than one mounting hole and a heavy looped top to attach the hanging wire. These hangers can also be used without wire by hooking their top loops over an “L” shaped bolt that has been properly positioned in the stud of a wall. This procedure requires more accurate planning, measuring and positioning of the hardware to insure that the art is hung level and secure. Unfortunately, the wall studs are seldom located where they are needed for this type of hanging. Make certain that the wall hangers are secure and will not pull away from the wall. Attach wall hangers into the studs whenever possible. If not, use appropriate wall anchors or picture hooks designed for drywall. Hanging wire provides more flexibility and ease of hanging. Keep in mind, that picture hanging wire is available in different strengths. Select the proper wire to adequately support the art over time. Picture wire does deteriorate and weakened with age. Heavy works should also be supported at or under the bottom of the frame. “J” molding that is used to hang large mirrors can work well with large and heavy frames. One strip is attached to the reverse side of the frame, and the other to the wall. If installed properly, you simply lift the art to the wall and over the “J” channel to lock it in place.

Weather you are hanging one painting or print, or several, inspect the areas where you want to place art and give some thought to any conditions that may cause damage. For example, paintings look great when hung over a mantle. If the fireplace is used frequently, the dry heat that is generated can damage the painting. Art should not be hung directly over or below air ducts or in direct sunlight. Do not place works of art near windows or exterior doors that are opened regularly. Some art should not be hung in bathrooms or kitchens where environmental conditions can fluctuate. Some art can be affected by moisture when hung on an “outside” wall in a home or office, which is more susceptible to fluctuations in temperature and relative humidity than other interior walls. Thin insulation board can be attached to the back of art hung on “outside” walls for added protection. Extremely fragile and valuable art should not be hung in high traffic areas.

Artwork should usually be hung so that the center point of the picture or grouping is at about eye level for the average person. Also remember that a grouping of pictures should be thought of as one unit. Experiment with an arrangement of pictures by laying them out on a large table or on the floor. Try different combinations until you find the layout that works. Placing them on a large piece of paper will allow you to trace around each frame when you have completed the layout and use the paper as a template to attach to the wall and accurately mark the position of hangers. Measure the spaces between each piece to be sure that they are equal.

Hanging Tips…

•Choose Hardware and wire based on weight of framed art
•Hang picture or groups of art with the center at eye level (65”-70” off floor)
•Use two wall hangers (spaced at least 6” apart) when possible
•Position hanging hardware on back of frame (not art) no more than 1/3 down from the top
•Apply rubber or felt pads at bottom corners of the frame to protect walls

Contact Old World Restorations, Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio for your Art Restoration and Conservation needs. (513) 271-5459



Preserving and Restoring Old Photographs

by Administrator29. December 2012 16:10

The life expectancy of a photograph is very much dependant upon the care and handling that it receives. Photographs can easily be damaged by improper handling, storage, display and framing. There are however, things that you can and should do to safeguard these important documents of your families past.

You can prevent most deterioration by keeping photographic materials in the proper environment. Never store photographs in an attic or basement where they are exposed to extreme temperatures and shifting humidity. Controlled relative humidity (RH) is probably the single most important factor in preserving photographs. Humidity levels above sixty percent can accelerate deterioration and damage to the sensitive surface of a photograph.

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Extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can fade and severely damage photographs.

Avoid touching fragile photographic materials as much as possible. Wear clean cotton gloves when handling negatives and prints to prevent the transfer of fingerprints and stains to the surface of the photograph.

Store photographs in protective sleeves and enclosures that are acid-free. Suitable plastic enclosures are made of uncoated polyester film, uncoated cellulose triacetate, polyethylene, and polypropylene. Keep in mind, that photographic emulsions may adhere to a plastic surface at high relative humidity (RH) levels. The RH must remain below eighty percent if plastic enclosures are used for storage. Plastic enclosures should not be used for glass plate, nitrate, or acetate-based negatives. Paper enclosures should be acid-free and lignin free. All storage materials should pass the ANSI Photographic Activity Test (PAT) which is noted in most supplier catalogs. Avoid using cardboard, rubber bands, paper clips, tape, ink pen or markers, rubber cement, silicone adhesives, PVC plastics, or albums that are constructed of colored pages, and use "magnetic" or "no stick" pages. These materials discolor and deteriorate quickly over time.

Photographs of historic value should be matted with acid-free rag or museum board for long-term protection. Mounting adhesives should not come in contact with the photograph. Matting should be done by an experienced framer or under the direction of a trained conservator. Store all prints and negatives that are matted or placed in paper or plastic enclosures in acid-free storage boxes. Negatives should be kept separate from prints.
Consider making digital copies of valued photographs that are stored at another location in the event of a fire, flood or accident.

Restoring Damaged Family Photographs

When disaster strikes, and family keepsakes become torn, stained, burned, wet or faded, there are two very different methods used to restore damaged photographs.

An experienced paper conservator can usually surface clean, mend tears, replace missing areas and perform limited restorations to restore and preserve the original photograph. A damage photograph can also be scanned or digitally reproduced to include invisible restorations that are truly remarkable.

Preservation Tips…

•Handle photographs properly
•Do not expose to extreme temperatures and humidity
•Minimize exposure to Ultraviolet light
•Don’t leave fingerprints on photographs
•Store on protective acid-free sleeves
•Do not store in attic or basement
•Digitally copy important photographs



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