Oil Painting Restoration/ Conservation

The examples below represent just a small sample of the many challenging oil painting restoration projects that Oliver Brothers undertakes on a regular basis.

Oil Painting Restoration Exapmle, painting and frame
Edouard Woutermaertens. 1819–1897


  Oil painting restoration, old painting
Oil Painting Restoration: During and After
Anonymous Portrait of a Man early 19th century,
private collection, Boston, MA

The painting was cleaned of the heavy layer of yellow varnish as well as dirt and grime. The tear above the sitter’s left shoulder was repaired and the painting was lined onto a new linen support. A Mylar interleaving was used to help keep the repaired tear flat.


Oil painting restoration, before and after example

The Hunt, private collection Boston, MA


Oil painting restoration, canvas conservation
Oil Painting Before and After Restoration
Anonymous 19th century portrait, Private collection Newton, MA.

Both the painting and the frame were brought back to life. The old glue lining was removed and a new lining applied. The yellowed varnish and layers of dirt and grime were removed.


Example-Dutch oil painting restoration and conservation 

Oil Painting Before and After Restoration

Reframed with antique reproduction Dutch Frame

Hermanus Koekkoek the Elder. 19th century

Dutch marine painting. Private Collection, Leesburg, VA.

The Elder Koekkoek was the patriarch of a Dutch family of painters, several of whom painted in a similar manner. The owner knew that this painting was by Koekkoek but did not know which Koekkoek. Using stylistic comparisons, Oliver Brothers experts were able to determine that this was the work of Hermanus Koekkoek the Elder – the most highly regarded member of the family. The painting was cleaned of the yellowed varnish, and then revarnished with a non-yellowing acrylic varnish. Aside from some minor abrasions at the edges, the painting is in excellent condition. When it came to us, the painting was framed with an inappropriate French Impressionist style frame. This frame was replaced with a high quality, antique reproduction Dutch style frame.



Oil Painting Restoration Testimonial

Testemonial: outstanding job with painting restoration

“Oliver Brothers really have done an outstanding job in restoring this
so-dreadfully-woe-begone and damaged painting.

Again I want you to know that this painting brings me much joy, and it
elicit gasps from guests who have seen it.”

Mrs. Hess


Client Testimonial

“Thank you very much for the wonderful job you did cleaning an oil painting.  It’s nice to know that there is someone with your skill who is also so nice to work with!”

Private Client, Boston, MA

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