January 27, 2020 was a day to address The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in California at the Pine Inn in Carmel, CA, about caring for paintings and frames in their many collections. The group of 15,000 members is associated with 70 historical structures across the nation and is responsible for the care and preservation of the buildings, grounds, and contents.

Working On Site at the Monterey Museum of Art

Conservators Road Show at Filoli in Woodside

In cooperation with the Bay Area Art Conservation Guild, Filoli  hosted a Conservation Road Show Weekend from January 27-28, 2018.

Dozens of conservation specialists were present to give expert advice and practical tips on preserving, conserving, or restoring visitor's treasured possessions such as paintings, object d'art, photographs, textiles and memorabilia.

Paintings in Museums

Monterey Museum of Art        

Armin Hansen: The Artful Voyage

Curated by Scott Shields, PhD

Carl Armin Hansen (1886 - 1957) was a prominent American painter best know for his marine canvases who settled into the budding art colony of the era in Monterey, California. We recently concluded preparing six Armin Hansen paintings for this exhibit.

Chris Kenney, Conservator, and Ami Davis, Director of Education discussed the "Science of Salmon Trawlers" and explored what was revealed during the physical examination, solubility testing, and high resolution photography of the painting and how a past restoration effects the painting's condition and visual aesthetics.

"Salmon Trollers"


Oil canvas

43 x 57 in.

Paintings in Auctions

"La Faneuse"

William Adolphe Bouguereau


Oil on Canvas

We recently treated and assisted our client in placing this treasure in an auction at Christie's in New York. The painting was in a private collection and had not been seen in decades.

Disaster at Filoli 2013

The painting can be seen laying on its side behind the desk at the right. A slow water leak from the roof over several years caused a devastating amount of damage when the ceiling of the Library caved in. Furniture, paintings, rugs, curtains  walls and objects were damaged.

Sarah Esther Chase Bourn

Mary Curtis Richardson, 1909

Oil on canvas

Posing with Julian Billote, a restorer of gilded objects, in the collaborative effort.

Teams of conservators  returned the Library to its former glory.

Vasili Kandinsky:

From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910 - 1925

Neue Galerie, New York

~ Image withheld by request ~

Neue Galerie is one of the finest museums and galleries devoted to 20th century artists in America. Kandinsky is one of the most important of the Munich group of Abstract Expressionists.

Museums and galleries contact us to perform condition surveys of artworks before transporting them.

Artists at the Continent's End

The Monterey Peninsula Art Colony, 1875 - 1907

Crocker Art Museum

Curated by Scott Shields, PhD

"A Pool Among the Rocks"

Raymond Dabb Yelland (1848 - 1900),1876

Oil on Canvas

From the collection at the Monterey Museum of Art

A master marine painter, Yelland is known for his luminist work and for his San Francisco area coastal scenes at sunset. He also produced many Monterey views.

David Ligare: California Classicist

Crocker Art Museum


David Ligare,1980

Oil on canvas

40 x 48 inches

We were asked to prepare this portrait for accession into the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum and in the exhibit titled Tomorrow's Legacies: Celebrating the Next 125 Years Gifts.

William Trost Richards, NA

A Retrospective Exhibit

Cantor Museum

Stanford University 


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 William Trost Richards, NA,1833 - 1905

Oil on canvas

Richards was a proponent of the American Pre-Raphaelite movement although he is also associated with the Hudson River School. Few paintings of this size (48 x 72 inches) exist outside of museums. This painting was damaged during transport when it was tied to the top of an automobile and transported across the continent.

American Impressionists

Monterey Museum of Art


Frederick Childe Hassam, 1855 - 1935

Oil on canvas

Childe Hassam, an important American impressionist, produced over 3,000 paintings, watercolors, etchings, and lithographs in his career, and was a founding member of The Ten, an influential group of American artists.

Santa Cruz Public Library



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Santa Cruz Near Pasatiempo

Frank L. Heath

1857 - 1921

Oil on canvas

The 6 by 8 foot painting and frame depicts the Monterey Bay from the rolling hills of Santa Cruz. Frank and his wife Lillian founded the Jolly Daubers and were at the center of the art scene in this quiet little burg on the Monterey Bay known as the Santa Cruz Art League.



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Paintings in Private Collections

Everyone dreams that this may happen to them one day

Detail from "Mary Agnes"

Robert Henri

1865 - 1929

Oil on canvas

A favorite client asked us to look at a few family heirlooms. One was a portrait of a young girl by Robert Henri, a leading figure among the Social Realists known as the Ashcan School in New York from the early 1900's. The owners flew to New York to observe the spirited auction at Sotheby's in 2009. "Mary Agnes" sold at the last minute to an anonymous phone bidder in excess of $1.6 million.


"Presentation of the Virgin Mary"

Artist Unknown, in the manner of Pier Francesco

Mola, Italy

Early 1800's

Oil on canvas

Mary, as a young girl, is kneeling on the steps in front of a rabbi at a temple. Her parents, Joachim and Anne, stand and kneel behind her.

Working With Living Artists

"Mid-Winter's Dream"

Noah Buchanan, 2010

Oil on panel

Noah's work "is based in the academic tradition of the figure, and favors themes of the mythic, symbolic and heroic. His art is available in fine art galleries on the East and West coasts.

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