Category Archives: decorative motifs

Repairing Frank Crowe Mason Monterey Dresser

The repairs on the final piece of the lovely bedroom set is completed. MPF Conservation  does not repair/conserve historic pieces unless necessary. In this case, the veneered top was shredded and lifting. Mitchell gently removed the historic veneered top. We … Continue reading

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Washington State Flag 10, Second Drafts, Silk

We left off with the finished drafts on paper, above. New tracings from our master tracing are created each time so the tracing paper doesn’t wear and the marks are fresh, not fat and sloppy. Silk was primed using Gamblin’s … Continue reading

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Historic Bedroom Set for Sale

Old Wood bedroom set (one half of the entire set) came from the historic estate of Frank Crowe; this is an excellent chance for collectors to own both good Mason Monterey, and also a piece of history. All items in … Continue reading

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Chinese Statue Conservation Treatment

Two polychrome statues, one whose hand was previously repaired incorrectly. Both were quite dirty. Our job was to remove the poor repair, repair it correctly, and clean and stabilize the finish on both statues.   The treatment was a mixture of … Continue reading

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Sketching to Communicate with Clients

Does anyone create lovely sketches for their clients anymore? We often create amazing decorative pillows to accompany a conserved item. Kate created design sketches from images and samples, so that we could better talk with our client about ideas for … Continue reading

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Textile Conservation: Victorian Beaded Angel Needlepoint

One of the sweetest pieces we ever treated. A widow had several items conserved for the children in the family. This lovely beaded needlepoint had many condition issues: dozens of moth-eaten areas, ripped or broken canvas, a good deal of … Continue reading

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Washington State Flag 9, First Drafts, Paper

Beginning with the test sheets, I created test paintings of oil on paper. The paper was primed with shellac to prevent oil seepage. New tracings from our master tracing are created each time so the marks are fresh. My first … Continue reading

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