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FAQs

How much will conservation cost?
The costs for conservation are unique to each object and can only be determined through the process of examination and preparation of a treatment proposal. More than one treatment option may be presented dependent upon the needs of the client or the limitations of the object. We can help in the decision process to design a treatment that satisfies the needs of the object and the desires of the client.

What is the process for getting an object conserved?
Every treatment at East Point Conservation begins with a consultation with the client to determine the needs of the object and the expectations of the client. Typically, the object is delivered to our studio for a complete examination that may include testing and documentation, although this can take place off-site. A treatment is designed and a proposal is submitted to the client for written approval. Each proposal provides a detailed description of recommended treatment procedures, an estimated cost and general time frame for completion. More than one treatment option may be appropriate dependent upon budget, the intended use of the object, or other factors. We can help in the decision process to design a treatment that best meets the needs of the object and the desires of the client. Treatment is scheduled upon receipt of the signed proposal.

Do you work on objects other than furniture?
Yes, we work on a variety of wooden artifacts. And since furniture is often a composite of many different materials we have experience in with associated materials such as gilding, metals, leather, glass, textiles etc. If you have an object that is outside our specialty we can assist you by referral to an appropriate conservator.

Can you tell me if my object is worth conserving?
As a firm that provides conservation services it is a conflict of interest for us to counsel potential clients on the "worthiness" of their projects since answering "yes" is to our economic benefit. It is the responsibility of the client to determine if a conservation treatment is worth the cost. If you are uncertain of the object's value then it is recommended to consult with a competent appraiser. Keep in mind that value can be measured as monetary, historic, cultural or sentimental.

Do you perform conservation assessments and surveys of entire collections?
Yes. East Point Conservation can survey entire collections for museums, historical societies or private individuals. The purposes of the survey can be to provide an overall assessment of the condition of the collection, signal potential risks and make recommendations or simply to inform the client about what is in their collection.

How do I get my object to East Point Conservation Studio?
A list of Fine Arts Carriers can be provided for transporting objects to and from our studio. Smaller objects can be shipped via Federal Express or UPS if they are professionally packed. In the local area reasonable fees for pick-up and delivery can be included in the cost estimate on request.

What is the difference between conservation and restoration?
Conservation encompasses many disciplines that effect the long term preservation of the object including retention of original materials. Restoration refers only to procedures that return an object to an earlier state by the addition of non-original materials.

Conservation activities include:

  • Examination to determine the nature and method of manufacture or properties of the materials used in making works of art, and identifies the causes of their deterioration.
  • Documentation to record the condition of an object before, during and after treatment, and presents a detailed description of treatment methods and materials.
  • Treatment is the totality of work performed on an object.
  • Preservation prevents or retards deterioration by the stabilization of the condition of an object and the stabilization of the environment surrounding the object.
  • Restoration reconstructs missing parts to reintegrate the appearance or function of a damaged object.