Insurance Art Claims

Oliver Brothers performs museum-quality restoration services on paintings, antique and contemporary picture frames, works on paper, icons, murals, gilded objects, and sculpture. It is important that you act sooner rather than later with artwork that is damaged by water, fire or smoke and soot.

Oliver Brothers is able to assist with all aspects of your insurance art claims regardless if your artwork is covered by a fine art insurance policy or under the contents portion of your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. We will submit the proper documentation, help expedite the processing of your claim, and undertake the restoration if it is feasible to do so. We have been effective in helping countless homeowners with the daunting task of filing an insurance claim for their damaged artwork – many of whom didn’t realize they had coverage for their art. We have many years of experience and can help recover, restore and preserve art collections – both large and small – for private individuals, institutions and corporate clients.


If you have experienced water, fire or accidental damage to your fine art, picture frames, valuable documents, antiques or other objects, please call our toll free number (617) 536-2323. Art conservation and restoration is a highly specialized field and most fire and water damage insurance restoration contractors are not qualified to handle and clean fine art and antique objects. Our rapid response team will take proper immediate steps to prevent further damage and restore your prized possessions.

This article from the 2009 Saratogian describes the insurance restoration for 65 works of art completed by Oliver Brothers.


Left untreated, water damage can provide a fertile breeding ground for mold and other toxins. Professional handling of art objects is important as most materials get weaker when wet. If left untreated, mold and toxins will continue to deteriorate artwork over time.


Smoke and soot damage needs to be addressed in a timely manner. Soot from a fire or a  chimney puff-back should be tested and handled by a professional fine art restorer who will determine the best way to clean and restore smoke damaged paintings and other art objects without causing further damage. Proper handling and cleaning of an art object ensures that no further damage is done. For example, soot from a fire or chimney puff-back can easily be driven deeper into an art object if not cleaned properly. Improper restoration attempts can do more harm than good. Oliver Brothers has the experience you need to restore soot and smoke damaged paintings and other objects.

Paul Cezanne, Lithograph, before restoration

A Lithograph by Paul Cezanne after experiencing water damage

Paul Cezanne, Lithograph, after restoration

A Lithograph by Paul Cezanne after restoration

Painting damaged by fire, before and after restoration

Painting damaged by fire, before and after restoration treatment

Insurance Art Claims

Thank you letter from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

Dear Ms. Bishop,

Recently Oliver Brothers restored a number of precious icons which were damaged when our chapel in West Newbury caught fire.  These icons have long been in our possession and they are very precious to us both as objects of devotion and for their inherent artistic value.

On behalf of the brothers of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff and, in particular Mr. Peter Tysver, for the exquisite work he performed in lovingly restoring our icons.  It was a joy to all of us to see the icons not only cleaned of smoke damage but brought back to a state of renewal that made it possible for us to see colors and details that we had never been able to see before.

Very truly yours,

Robert L’Espérance, SSJE


Onsite Service in the Metropolitan Boston Area

Oliver Brothers serves the Metro Boston Area. Oliver Brothers is able to come to your residence or place of business on a rapid response basis, whether your artwork is insured or not.

Onsite Service in New England

Oliver Brothers serves all six New England states: New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts, including Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard. Oliver Brothers is able to come to your residence or place of business on a rapid response basis.

Onsite Service in the Metropolitan New York City Area

Oliver Brothers also serves the Metropolitan New York City Area, including Northern New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. We are able to come to your residence or place of business on a rapid response basis to take of your damaged artwork.

Oliver Brothers Client Testimonial

I am relieved to see my paintings returned to me in such fine condition. They look like new! It was very easy working with you and helpful to have you as the intermediary with my insurance company. Thank you for all your help and your fine work.

Diane Goldman
thank you

I am so pleased and grateful for the beautiful restoration of my paintings! Seeing them in their renewed condition gave me a great “lift” the like of which I have not often had since the fire.

Private Client, Massachusetts
Insurance Restoration Testimonial from Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Learn more about our Disaster Response and Recovery Services for homeowners, businesses, insurers and restoration companies.

For Immediate Response call toll free (617) 536-2323.

See our Fine Art Restoration, Repair and Conservation Services page for information on the services we provide.

Contact Oliver Brothers or call us to schedulle an appointment at 617-536-2323

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