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Conservation Services


Clients can expect professional service from a Conservator in Private Practice. CIPP members provide a wide range of services including not only treatment of works of art but also consultation about the long term care of objects. They can provide advice on the exhibition, storage, and handling of works of art, and recommendations for climate control and security. They can suggest proper shipping and transportation for collections or individual objects. CIPP members can also help their not-for-profit clients obtain grants to support conservation activities.

handling large sculpture

conservator at work

Conservators in Private Practice are trained in many technical specialties. Members may treat paintings, books and paper, photographs, furniture, textiles, decorative objects, or outdoor sculpture. Some CIPP members are conservation scientists, providing technical analysis of objects and materials. Other members specialize in consultative services, providing collection surveys, advice on exhibition and storage, and other services to a wide range of clients. They can also train museum staff or private collectors in proper art handling procedures, basic examination techniques, and special training in disaster preparedness and response.

Conservation labs often include much high tech equipment to carry out the required treatments. Microscopes, hot tables, suction tables, and light tables provide the conservator with the proper methods to examine and treat works of art. Computers provide not only research capabilities and record keeping and office functions, but also can be used in photographic documentation of works being treated and as aids in examination by being linked to microscopes and other equipment.
conservation lab view
treating sculpture

Conservators in particular specialties may have other equipment specific to their work. A paper or textile conservator may have a special sink for washing soiled objects, a book conservator may have a book press to repair damaged volumes, and a sculpture conservator may have a hoist for moving large works in marble or bronze. Spray booths, solvent cabinets, and special ventilation systems provide a safe work environment for the conservator and extra security for the lab and its contents.