This was a project that we had previously done multiple years ago, we had always wanted to show it off but the old website was...well...not good at that sort of thing.
We were mainly resigned to strangely small images with details much too small to properly convey, what had happened and what was done about it, with misshaped red squares, neglected and alone, trying to gain the attention of those who would be willing to scrutinize the many points of interest with a magnifying glass.
This is about the size of it too, it did include the written word, to describe what most likely was unseen, it lacked depth, I am sorry, I was young and naive, I thought that maybe people would see the quality of the work in those tiny little images with roughly draw squares and the very small words in bold black type....Which is why I have blurred them out, mainly because, I intend to do it right this time.
Andreas Christian Gottfried (André) Lapine (1866-1952) was a Latvian born Canadian painter noted....um...WIKIPEDIA for those interested to delve further.
So this is how it came in, the client had it in storage for a while, with fairly reasonable environmental conditions. But unfortunately, Mr. Lapine had neglected to prime his canvas, nor did he apply a varnish, which in turn caused the paint to spontaneously leap from the canvas,
large sections were lost due to this oversight. see below.
The paint was literally flaking off at every movement, it seemed that there was no other way to stop the disintegration, except by lining the back of the canvas with a heavy helping of beeswax, this would act as an adhesive of a sort, that would seep through the canvas from behind and grapple with the escaping bits of paint. Only afterwards would any form of repair be possible.
We first gave the painting a very gentle cleaning, followed by a varnishing. In case you are wondering why a varnish was applied at this point? It is to separate the original work from that of the repair work, this ensures that any future repairs needed would not interfere with the original work of art, Because ethics.
Once the varnish has had ample time to dry the reconstruction could commence, filling in the empty masses, filling in the cracks, etc.
After numerous hours and a finishing varnish on top, it began to look like its former self.........
The client had the piece appraised before and after the restoration process, it was originally appraised at $3,000, the post restoration appraisal valued it at $6,000.