The Parma Conservation laboratory occupies an 8,000 square foot facility for the conservation of artwork; a process that requires experienced, highly-trained professionals who understand the subtle balance between chemistry and art. The conservators at Parma use state-of-the-art materials and techniques enhanced by meticulous craftsmanship. We are familiar with the challenges of 400-year-old frescoes slowly degraded by time, as well as 30-year-old paintings marred by accident. Parma’s large space and high ceilings accommodate artworks of extreme dimensions. We have an 8’ x 16’ heated vacuum table and a 10’ x 30’ mechanical easel. Our large loading dock and freight elevator provide easy access for the delivery of large artworks, entire collections, or claims. Our facility is climate controlled, and has 24-hour security both in our space and for the entire building.
Large or small, every work of art is different. It is the artwork itself, its unique combination of materials, history, and present condition that guides our choice in all materials and methods involved in conservation. Our goal is to clean and preserve what the artist originally created and intended.
Our approach to conservation is to introduce as little foreign material to the artwork as possible, thereby respecting and preserving the originality, the chemical make-up, and the aesthetic qualities of the work. We work with the philosophy that “less is more”.
This is the reason we repair and reuse original stretchers whenever possible. It is also the reason that “lining” is done only under extreme necessity. And of course, it means that all of the products that we use are of the highest quality available, are compatible, and completely reversible.
Much of Parma’s work is done “on-site” on murals in post offices, schools, churches, libraries, and private residences. We offer complete on-location services, including scaffolding, in order to provide the same high quality, museum-standard conservation that we provide in the laboratory.
At Parma, we take great pride in our work. We believe that our commitment to conservation is a great asset to your artwork.