Conservation of Paper

Art Conservation has over 30 years of expertise in the field of paper restoration. We have experience in various objects such as prints, posters, photos, gouaches and comic books . Besides museum objects, you are also for the treatment of archives, books, photos, manuscripts, parchment and cards; you have come to the right place!

We offer the following services:

Advice | Research | Documentation | Treatments || Conservation- Restoration | Reconstructions and Replicas | Art Handling | Framing | Condition reports and survey


We employ specialized conservators who you can turn to for advice on storage conditions, packaging, damage inventory and preservation of your paper objects . For example, we can help with the design of your depot or with the exhibition of a special book.


In addition to treating objects, Art Conservation also does material-technical research. For example, in the past, a research project was carried out into the CoBrA collection of the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. The causes of the crackle, caused by the layer-over-layer technique used by the artists, were investigated. In collaboration with the ICN and with the help of FT-IR, XRF analyzes, the constituents of a number of pigment particles have been identified. Due to this research, appropriate treatment could be foreseen in which the paint plaques were consolidated.

In the studio of Art Conservation, works on paper are viewed with a stereomicroscope whereby objects, materials and layers can be examined at a microscopic level.


Preventive conservation includes a whole to indirect measures and actions which we take to prevent further decay. This means that no direct treatment is carried out on the paper object itself. This form of preventive conservation has to do with optimizing the climatic conditions, providing protective packaging and adapted storage methods. For the purchase of suitable packagings – such as acid-free archive boxes – you can visit our calamities shop.

In addition, we can (re) framing according to current conservation standards. We cut tight with a special machine passe partouts from acid-free cardboard. We work together with a frame maker who can produce new frames for you if necessary.


Conservation- Restoration

Conservation is the intervene directly on damaged or degraded objects with the aim of improving their readability promote with as much respect as possible for aesthetic, historical and physical integrity. In consultation with the customer a suitable solution is sought. We conserve for heritage institutions as well as private individuals and offer flexibility regarding large collections or objects in large format.

You can contact us for a variety of treatments:

Treating parchment | Book restoration | Dry cleaning | Wet cleaning | Deacidification | Stabilizing cracks with Japanese paper | Inserting / fiberizing | Removal of tape and glue residues | Treatment of ink corrosion | Consolidate | Doubling | Removal of stains and discolourations | Reducing bleaching with sodium boron hybrid | Planes | Retouching

Documentation is very important. After the treatment, a final report is drawn up in which all examinations and treatments are described in detail and documented using photos. This offers the customer insight into the restoration process. Openness about our activities is an important pillar within our company.


Karel Appel | Hendrik Petrus Berlage | Joseph Beuys | George Hendrik Breitner | AM Cassandre | Pierre Cuypers | Albrecht Dürer | Francisco Goya | Wally Elenbaas | Jacob Jongert | Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec | Bart van der Leck | Chris Lebeau | Antoon Molkenboer | Constant Nieuwenhuijs | Jan van Schoonhoven | Willy Sluiter | Jan Toorop | Willy Vandersteen | Carel Willink

Code of Ethics: Art Conservation carries out all work according to the ethical guidelines for conservation and restoration of the cultural heritage of the European Confederation of Conservators-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O).

For all your questions about the restoration of paper objects, you can contact us to explore the possibilities together.