Spicer Art Conservation, LLC specializes in the conservation of TEXTILES, OBJECTS, PAPER and UPHOLSTERY; typically consisting of organic materials from decorative and ethnographic collections. Expert, museum-quality services are provided to museums, historic agencies, private individuals and businesses in a fully equipped conservation laboratory. All services are customized to the client’s needs and concerns. We offer full conservation, preservation, mounting, custom storage and archival framing services.
Artifacts treated include: (please also see the “Project Examples” menu on the right for details on specific treatments that have performed by Spicer Art Conservation).
- Flags and Banners (historic, commemorative, antique, etc)
- Works of art on paper, including: watercolors, prints, documents, drawings, pastels, etchings, lithographs
- Millitary and Sports Uniforms & Accessories, Costumes and Historic Garments
- Samplers, Theorems, Embroideries and other fancy work
- Carpets and Rugs
- Religious items
- Mummified and archeological artifacts
- Artifacts from Native or Indigenous cultures, including beaded and ceremonial items
- Globes, tools, instruments
- Leather & Skin Artifacts (also bone, horn and antler) and Leather Furnishings, Saddles
- Upholstery Conservation
- Textile Wall Coverings, Theater Curtains, Weavings & Tapestries
- Lace & Whitework
- Carriages & Wagons
- Quilts & Coverlets
- Christening & Wedding Dresses
- Dolls, Baskets & Fans
Interested in having your artifacts conserved? Spicer Art Conservation, LLC follows an ordered method of processing to ensure your antiques, heirlooms and collectibles receive the exact treatment they need and are also completed in a timely manner. Here’s a list of what happens from start to finish:
- Client contacts us to set up an appointment for consultation. The fee is $75 to $150 depending on how many items are brought in or the complexity of the examination.
- The artifact is typically brought to the lab for initial assessment (unless it is oversize or not easily transported). In some cases, travel to the client may be necessary (see below).
- After discussion with the client about their needs and goals for the artifact, a proposal for treatment is written including both the estimated labor time needed to complete the treatment, and the estimated cost of materials.
- A copy of the treatment proposal is sent to the client for confirmation.
- The client returns the signed proposal with an initial deposit – no treatment is begun without a signed proposal.
- Treatments typically begin in the order which they are received.
Do you need an on-site consultation? Many oversized items or permanently installed artifacts require a house-call. While we are conveniently located near Albany, New York, we are happy to come to your location for a private confidential consultation. On-site consultations incur a fee, plus travel expenses. Please call Gwen to discuss: (518) 765-2142.