Saturday, August 10, 2013

Art Restoration

I mentioned in yesterday's post that we procured some new art while in Cody. The full story is that Eric was off in a meeting and I decided to take the girls thrifting. Somewhere in between the time Elise found and fell in love with a dog shaped bag and the time Cordelia grabbed a potty training toilet seat and shouted,"It's for the pool" as she tried to wear it, I spotted this beauty.

Before

I took a closer look. It was dirty and it was old. I asked the staff about the piece and was told that it had come in from a private donation, but that was all they knew. I loved it. The skill level was high and the maritime theme is sort of whimsical here in landlocked Wyoming. I asked the price and then talked her down by 20%. Then I sent Eric a text that read, "Oops I may have purchased some art."

Once that was said and done I realized that it was a very large painting and we had to get it back home, but we were traveling with a large stroller, baby bed, suitcase. Oh well....it kind of worked. We all made it home.

It just so happened that Eric was in meetings with an art conservationist and he was able to ask how we should best clean the work. He was told that spit is the best way to clean. No joke! Something about the enzymes. That was not an option because A) Spit is stinky B) We would dehydrate trying to come up with enough spit for that bad boy C) Um, gross. Thankfully the conservationist also recommended a tiny bit of water (don't want to much) and a soft cloth. Eric decided to wait on that until we got home. He did start researching and pretty quickly found the name of the artist and realized that I'd gotten the work for a steal. Unfortunately it's value isn't great enough to sell and retire on, or even buy a car, but it was still a fantastic score for our collection.

When we got home Eric pretty much immediately started cleaning. He's super meticulous and did not want my slap dash help, so this became his pet project. Check out the amazing results!

Eric

half done

half done

Here is the finished product!

frederickleonardking

In kitchen

11 comments:

Mom said...

It is really a nice piece. Congratulations on your good eye!

Michelle said...

Love the painting, and am amazed that the cleaning could be done with just a little water and a soft cloth! It was lovely, strong, and dramatic before the cleaning--but what a difference the cleaning made. Congrats on the great find.

Marie Roxanne said...

What a perfect place to hang it where it will be seen daily!
Good thing you didn't use spit...

Victoria said...

Well done Erik! It looks like previous owner was a smoker. I've tackled many of these over the years. You are right, quite a steal!

Victoria said...

Oops...sorry about typo on your name that Eric

Stacy said...

Wow, that is very impressive ~ he did a wonderful job and it looks beautiful!

elizabeth said...

the colors in the water are amazing!

Stacy said...

Love it - what a nice new addition!

Sarah Purdy said...

What a great eye you have. I love it! The cleaning made such a difference and now you have a truly beautiful (and valuable!) piece. Score!!

sara said...

Wow, what a difference the cleaning makes! Looks great.

affectioknit said...

WOW! Congratulations on your awesome find...and the super cleaning job!

~Have a lovely day!

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