your investment grade fine art in pristine condition is the best way
to maintain its value and maximize its future appreciation
Restoration itself is
an art. Here at Parkhurst Galleries we specialize in cleaning, restoring and
maintaining original Violet Parkhurst paintings and have restored over 200 of
Violet's original works. To make sure our clients have the very best possible
service and experience we use proven, time-tested techniques to clean and
restore your painting. Our cleaning solutions are pH balanced and specifically
matched to the exact materials Violet used to create your particular piece.
Since her paints, mediums, canvases and varnish changed through her 60 year
painting history, determining what materials she used on your specific painting
is no easy feat. Furthermore, using the wrong cleaning solution could
permanently damage your painting.
Once the painting has
been cleaned we assess whether the painting needs any "touch-up". We address any
chips, spots, tears, dents etc. in the canvas at this time. Only if absolutely
necessary will we retouch the painting -since preserving the complete
authenticity of the piece is our highest priority. Should retouching be
necessary we are proud to employ two artist that are considered experts on
Violet's painting style.
Once finished, the
piece is again sealed with varnish. The varnish serves two purposes 1) to
enhance the pigments in the original paint making the painting more vibrant and
colorful, and 2) to protect the painting by keeping the paint from prematurely
drying and/or cracking (or to prevent further cracking of the paint). Where
possible we use the original varnish Violet herself used, matched to the period
of the piece.
Restoring a painting
generally takes from 5 to 10 weeks. However, we will not release any piece until
we are confident the painting has dried sufficiently for safe transport.
Rest assured that
Parkhurst Galleries will take every measure to restore your Parkhurst painting
to its original grandeur and preserve your painting for many future generations
For more information on having your Parkhurst
painting restored please contact us at (310) 547-3158 or