You’ve probably heard these terms used together before, but what’s the difference? Conservation and restoration are similar to one another in that they both work to keep the art work in the best condition possible.
Conservation is a profession devoted to the preservation of cultural heritage for future generations. This includes examination, documentation, treatment, and preventive care. Restoration is the process that attempts to return a damaged work of art to what the restorer imagines as its “original” state.
Whether you have decided to keep your art, sell it or donate it the condition of your pieces should be take into consideration. If your work is in poor condition, conservation and restoration techniques can be applied to better the quality of the piece. A qualified appraiser can help to determine if these services would be financially beneficial to you. Because it is an expensive process, consultation is suggested as a first step before deciding to go through with these services.
Do you have a piece of art that needs a little TLC? Contact our Chicago office to set up a consultation appointment!
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