Category Archives: Expert Assessments

Smoke Damaged Art and Collectibles – a question of liability

Smoke damage on paintings and other artwork-collectible objects is cleaned up and restored with a lot more caution and the “liability factor” is a big issue.  Our professional art restoration services center around doing these treatments correctly, which means that nothing … Continue reading

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Rip Repair and Cleaning Of An Oil Painting – Spanish Colonial Old Master

Virginia Panizzon, a painting conservator in our lab, made this quick blow-by video of the art conservation of a very sweet Spanish Colonial Madonna painting: Although the video highlights the painting restoration of an old master painting, and you may … Continue reading

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Art restoration problems in the lab

Art restoration problems in the lab… a quick 30 second “blow-by”

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WPA Mural by African American Artist Damaged During Move

I recently evaluated a mural in an ex-bank building. As they were moving out a filing cabinet scrapped across a historic mural from 1945 and put a big gash in it. See the scratch in the right side?  I was … Continue reading

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Exorbitant Pricing to Pay for Pre-Existing Conditions

An insurance company recently paid me to drive 5 hours to double check the opinion of another art conservator on a fine art damage claim that occurred during shipping of an Old Master painting. The estimate by the other conservator … Continue reading

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Art Valuation, Estate Planning, Probate, Divorce, Fine Art Insurance – The True Story of a “Priceless Icon”

Fought over in a bitter divorce settlement, then stolen and recuperated, hand delivered to me by a white gloved driver in a Rolls Royce and then threatened with my life… this story of a “Priceless Russian Renaissance Icon” has a … Continue reading

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Meet Scott Haskins, Preservation, Restoration, and Conservation Expert and Consultant

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Masonic Temple Lodge Emergency Preparedness Plan Inventory and Appraisal

Client: Masonic Temple Lodge Insurance Company: Chubb International Insurance In an insurance company encouraged “emergency preparation” effort, the Masonic Temple undertook an in-house Inventory & Appraisal of all their building’s contents. While regular office contents like furniture, office and sound … Continue reading

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Legal Claims, Expert Consultant for Mold Infestation

I write mostly about how to avoid damage from natural disasters and accidents on collectibles, photos, documents, intellectual property, memorabilia etc. I talk about protecting and saving the original valuable items, making copies as part of a back up plan… … Continue reading

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Museum Curator Says Throw Family History and Heirlooms Out? An Insurance Liability?

Ellen Lupton, the curator of contemporary design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the director of the master’s program in graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art recently posted a well written and humorous article in the … Continue reading

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