Conservation Services

ACdR Conservation Studios are unique in the San Francisco Bay Area, Northern California, and the Western U.S. Our private conservation practice and analytical research lab is multi-disciplinary, specializing in a broad scope of treatments from stabilization, repairs, cleaning, custom display mounting design and fabrication, and artwork installation—to emergency and disaster remediation and recovery.

Fine Art Conservation is both a science and an art. Our staff is highly skilled, specially trained and educated in this field as professional conservators, in the material sciences, treatment, handling and care of textiles, paintings, decorative arts, objects, and works on paper.

Our studios provide both on-site and in-studio condition assessments by appointment, which include a comprehensive written conservation treatment recommendation proposal and photo documentation. We will always discuss the potential options for treatment, budget limitations, and the least invasive, and reversible action with best practices for the longterm preservation any project.


On-Site & In-Situ Services

  • Object and collections assessment survey and consultation
  • Conservation treatment recommendations and project estimates
  • Preventative conservation collections care
  • Annual collections maintenance
  • Inventory, cataloging, object tracking, database documentation
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Archival collection storage and housing
  • Exhibit design and preparation
  • Exhibit installation and de-installation
  • Wrapping, packing and preparation for safe transport and shipping
  • Integrated pest management and mold abatement
  • Disaster recovery remediation and cleaning
  • Workshops, training seminars, teaching and lecture presentations

In-Studio Services

  • Conservation, restoration, cleaning and repair
  • Fiber, dye, pigment and materials analysis
  • Acid/alkaline pH stabilization
  • Specialty display mount fabrication
  • Custom object support structures
  • Condition reports and digital photo documentation
  • Certified ASA appraisals and object research
  • Insurance claims and recovery
  • Consolidation and Stabilization
  • Tear Repairs
  • Hand Sewn Linings and Support System

Environmental Management, Monitoring and Remediation

  • Emergency disaster planning and recovery
  • Fire, smoke and soot damage
  • Relative Humidity (RH%), Relative Temperature (RT°) and Dew Point monitoring
  • CO2 Anoxia Abatement – encapsulations and modules
  • Dry vacuum and flash freezing

Types of Objects and Artworks:

  • Paintings
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles, Costume, Dress
  • Carpets, Tapestry
  • Objects
  • Decorative Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Porcelain
  • Paper
  • Rare books
  • Embroidery, needlepoint, lace and appliqué
  • Basketry and natural fibers
  • Leather, hide, and animal Fur
  • Complex furniture and upholstery
  • Polychrome, plaster and gilt
  • Historic and period frames
  • Hand and loom woven carpets and textiles
  • Quilts and flags
  • Native American, tribal and beadwork

Places of Origin:

  • Asian
  • European
  • Oriental
  • Ethnographic
  • Indigenous
  • Americana
  • Oceanic
  • Africana
  • Central and South American

All work is performed according to the Code of Ethics, Guidelines, and Standards of Practice of The American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.