The Victorian Alliance of San Francisco

See inside beautiful Victorian homes of San Francisco.

Meet the owners and artisans who restored them. Hear their stories and experience San Francisco’s heritage. ACdR Conservation’s Elise Rousseau discusses the conservation, preservation and restoration of a historic mural in a San Francisco residence.


Ana Ortiz on Textile Conservation

The following post was written by Ana Ortiz, Circulation Services Evening Supervisor for the William H. Hannon Library.

At the beginning of the year, I had the opportunity to audit a Textile Conservation course hosted within the William H. Hannon Library’s Archives and Special Collections, where I was able to participate in the cleaning, rehousing, and condition reporting for several sets of California mission-era liturgical garments donated by the Del Valle Family. As an MLIS student interested in archiving costume and dress, this class was an incredible hands-on learning experience.

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Afternoon Visit to ACdR Conservation

by Nan Turner

Elise Yvonne Rousseau established her conservation studio over 20 years ago, first in her San Francisco apartment and later, as the business developed, in three separate specialized studios. Her new location consolidates all the services she offers under one roof. Elise and her staff of assistants and interns work to conserve, preserve, clean and repair an extremely wide range of textiles, including (according to her web site ‘Historic Objects, Period Furniture, Antiques, Decorative Arts, Sculpture and Ephemera from private and museum collections.’

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Art Condition Reports, Demystified

By The Clarion List

According to the most recent Art Basel report, there were some 55 international art fairs taking place in 2000. In 2017, the number grew to over 260, with dealers making 46% of their annual sales at the fairs. This explosion has most art market professionals feeling like they are constantly on the road. Stephan Zilkens of Zilkens Fine Art Insurance Broker said, “I see the art market turning more and more into a traveling business. Every week there are new art fairs in the world and they try to become more and more important.”

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Art Conservation de Rigueur

By The Clarion List

Art Conservation de Rigueur et Anoxia Abatement Solutions announces the expansion of our private practice. We are now providing Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery, Conservation Museum Assessment, Integrated Pest Management, Mold and Microbial Abatement and Remediation both in quarantined in-situ environments and remote. These complement the other complete conservation services we offer for the care and presentation of a wide variety of historic objects, antiques and contemporary textiles and decorative arts. Our new conservation studio offers a greater capacity to work concurrently on multiple projects and accommodate objects of a much larger scale. Our practice has served museums, historical and cultural institutions, private collectors, galleries, architects, and designers in the U.S. and internationally. Uniquely, we work in close collaboration with custom mount crafters, framers, curators, research historians, ASA appraisers and other specialized conservators to meet the specific needs of each client.

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Conservation and Collections at Art Conservation de Rigueur et Anoxia Abatement Solutions

By Sheryl Birkner

CSA’s Western Region sponsored a rare look behind the scenes of a San Francisco conservator’s studio in July. Two sets of lucky guests were guided through the studio by Elise Rousseau, owner and principal conservator. Costume collector Lynn Meinhardt displayed items from her collection of which have been conserved by Elise and her ‘pre-program’ and graduate student interns.

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