How do we arrive at an estimate of cost?

Sorry, there are no simple answer to this question as every painting is unique!

Straight forward 'cleaning and varnishing' is relatively inexpensive. However, there are important considerations to the many variables inherent in oil painting restoration.

Please see 'The Steps in Restoring' and our many 'Recent Examples' where you can see a range of paintings where the work involved varied widely.

We can of course provide 'ball park' figures if you supply photos - however, as our examples clearly illustrate, this can only be used as a guide until we actually examine the work.

Summarised below are some obvious considerations. More details and background can be found in the 'Help and Advice' section.

Old Master Paintings - circa 1200 to the early 19th Century

We never know what we may discover, it could simply be unsightly craquelure, ‘reorganised landscapes’ and ‘cosmetic adjustments’ or even attempts to significantly change certain aspects of the original picture - the removal of the ex wife from an equestrian double portrait by George Stubbs, is perhaps the most notorious example.

However, the most positive revelation is the all important signature! Sometimes concealed by old varnish, and in the most unexpected part of the picture, a signature can inflate the market value significantly.

Modern Paintings - Early 19th Century to date

UV Light Analysis

Usually an initial scan with a UV lamp can perhaps reveal previous restoration. We will report this before any cleaning is attempted.

Localised Damage - Considerations

If an old and dirty painting has damage to an isolated area, it is extremely difficult to perform a successful 'localised restoration job’.

This repair process can be just as time consuming as a normal complete restoration. It can work in certain circumstances - but we 'generally' don't recommend it!