In addition to watercolours, Farcroft also specialises in the conservation and restoration of graphic works on paper – commonly referred to as etchings.
Treatments vary according to the cause and extent of damage. Weak, brittle and acidic mounting boards are one of the major causes of deterioration. Where the artwork has been mounted, we can remove aged or acidic mount boards which may have been glued or pasted to the artwork.
Surface dirt, general discolouration, and stains can be sensitively removed using dry methods or water based mild bleaching solutions.
If necessary, fragile or wrinkled paper can be pasted onto a light paper to provide additional structural support. Mending and retouching can be carried out to disguise tears or missing areas, using liquid paper pulp for infilling.
Artworks can be remounted onto high quality, acid-free board and fitted to existing or new conservation standard frames.