The knowledge and experience of DPR Art Rescue conservators assures expert treatment of paintings, murals, sculpture, works on paper, antique and fine furniture, architectural elements and historic ephemera. Following the removal and assessment process, the commencement of conservation and restoration procedures are initiated, individualized to each object and related. DPR Art Rescue will execute:

  • The removal of pollutants without compromising the integrity of artwork

  • Stabilization followed by conservation and restoration

  • Custom archival housing, framing, and museum quality display

  • Treatment according to ethics and guidelines of American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

  • Notwithstanding our knowledge in performing conventional preservation treatments, DPR offers an environmentally friendly laser technology to safely clean surfaces of works of art without the need of chemicals or abrasive materials. This technique is actualized in specific conditions, and the exclusive service is brought to DPR Art Rescue by CSOS, Inc.

Before/After Examples

 Before Treatment: 20th Century mixed media work was exposed to both fire and water. The piece exhibited a heavy layer of soot, and staining from moisture. The frame was considered a loss.

Before Treatment: 20th Century mixed media work was exposed to both fire and water. The piece exhibited a heavy layer of soot, and staining from moisture. The frame was considered a loss.

 After Treatment: The piece was surface cleaned, humidified and flatted, and then framed with a comparable archival frame.

After Treatment: The piece was surface cleaned, humidified and flatted, and then framed with a comparable archival frame.

 Before Treatment: The gilded mirror frame sustained severe impact damage resulting in disfiguring losses to the elaborate ornamentation.

Before Treatment: The gilded mirror frame sustained severe impact damage resulting in disfiguring losses to the elaborate ornamentation.

 After Treatment: The losses were consolidated, infilled, selectively ingilded, burnished, patinated and aged.

After Treatment: The losses were consolidated, infilled, selectively ingilded, burnished, patinated and aged.

 Before Treatment: This serigraph was saturated by flood water, and a heavy layer of silt. The sheet was distorted, and the heavy silt on the surface complicated handling.

Before Treatment: This serigraph was saturated by flood water, and a heavy layer of silt. The sheet was distorted, and the heavy silt on the surface complicated handling.

 After Treatment: The serigraph was surface cleaned, water washed, humidified and then carefully flattened between a series of cotton blotters under weight. The sheet was later rehoused in a comparable, archival frame.

After Treatment: The serigraph was surface cleaned, water washed, humidified and then carefully flattened between a series of cotton blotters under weight. The sheet was later rehoused in a comparable, archival frame.

 Before treatment: Detail of WPA Federal Art Project carved wood panels representing Evolution of the Book; the panels exhibited extensive water damage and discoloration of the shellac finish and the underlying wood substrate

Before treatment: Detail of WPA Federal Art Project carved wood panels representing Evolution of the Book; the panels exhibited extensive water damage and discoloration of the shellac finish and the underlying wood substrate

 After treatment: The wood substrate was stabilized and the water damage on the shellac finish successfully addressed.

After treatment: The wood substrate was stabilized and the water damage on the shellac finish successfully addressed.

 Before Treatment: Queen Ann table top with family crest exhibited severe damage from exposure to water along with historic localized blanched “cup rings”.

Before Treatment: Queen Ann table top with family crest exhibited severe damage from exposure to water along with historic localized blanched “cup rings”.

 After Treatment: The Queen Ann table top after conservation of the finish, with the existing finish still exhibiting historic wear to retain the original charm and integrity of the piece. A protective coat of microcrystalline wax was applied to the surface.

After Treatment: The Queen Ann table top after conservation of the finish, with the existing finish still exhibiting historic wear to retain the original charm and integrity of the piece. A protective coat of microcrystalline wax was applied to the surface.

 Before Treatment: Detail of an ebonized carved wood table that was partially submerged in water and silt, which caused instability to the joints and seams, along with lifting and blanching of the finish.

Before Treatment: Detail of an ebonized carved wood table that was partially submerged in water and silt, which caused instability to the joints and seams, along with lifting and blanching of the finish.

 After Treatment: The joins and seams were stabilized. Losses along the splits were filled with an appropriate species of wood. The finish was consolidated, saturated and inpainted. A protective coat of microcrystalline was applied and hand buffed to a uniform sheen.

After Treatment: The joins and seams were stabilized. Losses along the splits were filled with an appropriate species of wood. The finish was consolidated, saturated and inpainted. A protective coat of microcrystalline was applied and hand buffed to a uniform sheen.

 Before Treatment: The trunk sustained prolonged exposure to moisture and elevated temperature. Mold growth developed on the leather, fabric, and metal components.

Before Treatment: The trunk sustained prolonged exposure to moisture and elevated temperature. Mold growth developed on the leather, fabric, and metal components.

 After Treatment: The trunk was cleaned and the mold carefully addressed. The components were stabilized, and residual blanching from the moisture successfully treated.

After Treatment: The trunk was cleaned and the mold carefully addressed. The components were stabilized, and residual blanching from the moisture successfully treated.

 Before Treatment: The shellac finish on the decorative skirt of this historic high boy was blanched due to moisture exposure.

Before Treatment: The shellac finish on the decorative skirt of this historic high boy was blanched due to moisture exposure.

 After Treatment: The disfiguring blanching in the shellac finish on the decorative skirt was successfully addressed locally in the area of damage.

After Treatment: The disfiguring blanching in the shellac finish on the decorative skirt was successfully addressed locally in the area of damage.


Case Study

The conservation of French giltwood mirror and frame damaged due to improper shipping

 Overall condition before treatment

Overall condition before treatment

 Mirror frame post-conservation with replacement mirror glass

Mirror frame post-conservation with replacement mirror glass

 Gilt gesso, plaster, and composition elements that detached due to impact during shipment

Gilt gesso, plaster, and composition elements that detached due to impact during shipment

 Shattered 3/8” thick beveled mirror glass at the bottom of the shipping crate

Shattered 3/8” thick beveled mirror glass at the bottom of the shipping crate

 During treatment: Reattaching detached and shatter gilt sculptural element

During treatment: Reattaching detached and shatter gilt sculptural element

 Giltwood mirror detail before conservation

Giltwood mirror detail before conservation

 Detail of gilded sculptural element after treatment

Detail of gilded sculptural element after treatment

 Detail before treatment

Detail before treatment

 Detail after conservation

Detail after conservation