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RW: Heirloom Painting Restoration (formerly “Restoration Of An Heirloom Painting”)
Scott M. Haskins -- Art Conservation-Restoration, Pets and Heirlooms, Art Damage Scott M. Haskins -- Art Conservation-Restoration, Pets and Heirlooms, Art Damage
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Santa Barbara, CA
Monday, September 18, 2023


As an experienced art conservator, my work often leads me on a journey through Los Angeles and Orange County, where I have engaging discussions about the intricate world of art conservation. These conversations often take me to people’s homes and offices. There, I have the privilege of examining artworks and advising on the restoration. It’s an honor to act as a bridge between past and present generations. Recently, I had the honor of consulting on projects for the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs.

These heirlooms and artworks serve as living conduits to bygone eras. They allow us to reconnect with our roots, remember loved ones, and share tales of our ancestors with future generations. Yet, a common question arises, especially when these items change hands through generations: Is it truly worth restoring them? Can something be priceless when it seemingly holds no monetary value? How do we decide what to save and protect among our possessions?

Understanding the worth of these family treasures requires a multi-dimensional perspective. One must consider the tangible financial value, the intangible emotional value, and the historical significance that each piece might embody. It becomes particularly rewarding when the emotional and historical ties to an item intersect with its intrinsic artistic value. This amalgamation of factors influences the decision-making process of restoration and preservation.

The key factor that often tips the scales in favor of restoration is the condition of the artwork. Oil paintings, like other forms of art, can suffer the effects of time and environmental factors. This leads to issues such as rip damage, discolored varnishes, and flaking paint. Addressing these concerns through meticulous painting conservation and art restoration can breathe new life into an artwork, allowing it to continue narrating its story for generations to come.

In the realm of art conservation, we recognize that value extends beyond the appraisal of an artwork. Value includes narratives that the art carries, the emotions it evokes, and the connections it fosters across generations. Thus, the question of whether an heirloom or artwork is “worth” restoring finds its answer in the profound appreciation of its multifaceted significance, ensuring that it remains an enduring beacon of familial history and artistic legacy.

A recent experience in Pasadena, California, exemplifies the sentiment of preserving familial legacies. In this instance, a family entrusted us with the care of the treasures accumulated over the years by their parents as their family expanded. These objects held not only physical attributes but a trove of cherished memories. It was an honor to engage in the preservation, restoration, and support of this family’s commitment to their heritage by tending to a diverse collection of nearly two dozen items.

This is their quicktestimonial.

Here is our webpage for other testimonials.

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Name: Scott M. Haskins
Title: Author, Art Conservation/Restoration, Pets and Heirlooms, Art Damage, Expert Witness
Group: www.fineartconservationlab.com
Dateline: Santa Barbara, CA United States
Direct Phone: 805-564-3438
Cell Phone: 805 570 4140
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