you are thinking about selling your collection, or simply
want to preserve it for long-term enjoyment, you may want
to consider having your pictures cleaned and conserved. Clean
pictures sell better than blemished pictures. And clean pictures
show better in your home.
Antique pictures and prints have never been cleaned and the
dirt and chemical build-up on both sides of the glass can
detract from their true beauty and cause permanent harm to
both the image and the matting.
more important to the long term preservation of these pictures
and prints, most still retain their original and highly acidic
cardboard backings. Or even worse, many still have their original
wooden backings, which can be 10 times more highly acidic
than cardboard backings. And it is these highly acidic original
cardboard and wooden backings that are most often responsible
for mat foxing and discoloration.
simple cleaning, with the addition of an acid free separator,
a new acid free backing board, and a new backing paper, can
do wonders to prevent future aging, discoloration, and permanent
damage to your pictures and prints.
the years we have received literally thousands of inquiries
from individuals requesting current value information on their
picture, whether their pictures were authentic or fake, and
where they could have their pictures cleaned and restored
to their original beauty.
response to these requests, Michael Ivankovich Antiques offers
the following Cleaning, Conservation, Preservation, Research,
and Authentication services. For those individuals who feel
that they may need these services, we will:
the picture and mat from the frame.
any information on the back of the picture.
the glass and frame.
Clean the mat to remove any dust and dirt.
the old and highly acidic original cardboard or wood backing
board, and replace it with an acid-free separator, as well
as a new acid-free backing board, to protect against future
foxing and mat discoloration.
the frame with heavy-duty backing paper to protect against
future dust and dirt.
new eye screws and hanging wire of appropriate size and
each individual title for important information such as
location, WN Studio #, approximate age & date, rarity,
and any other special information that may be found
an Estimated Current Value of what the picture might bring
at one of our Catalog Auctions.
a Michael Ivankovich Antiques Label of Authenticity to the
picture backing which will contain the following information:
Cleaning, Conservation &
Cleaning, Conservation & Preservation Service, which
includes all Points #1-10 above: $40
Glass: Add $5 - $15 (depending on glass size).
shipping is added at cost.
Note: We do not perform any mat bleaching or stain removal.