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Appraisals

  Chadds Ford Gallery has been in business and specializing in Wyeth reproductions and artwork by Regional, National and International artist since 1969. Its director and Wyeth expert Barbara J. Moore has over 34 years experience in the business of buying, selling and valuing all types of Wyeth reproductions. Her knowledge of the works of the Wyeths is known and respected Nationally and Internationally by Appraisers, Museums, Gallery and Patron Collectors. She is also an expert on typical framing methods past and present and can identify problems that can harm your investment.

Framing and Restoration

  Chadds Ford Gallery offers a complete range archival picture framing services. We also offer restoration services for original works of art and reproductions. The works of the Wyeths have been in print for a long time and many current and early hard to find reproductions have a very high value. For the older works conservation may be needed because early framing practices were not as archival as they are today. Acid mats, mounts, and dry-mounting were commonly used back then. Just because a print looks good does not mean it is, your treasured piece may be in big trouble. If you are unsure of the exact condition any work you own, or have no idea what materials were used, it is advisable to bring it in for an evaluation.

You can contact Barbara directly at Barbara@AWyethGallery.com or call Chadds Ford Gallery to make an appointment.

Tips on preserving works on paper

  Certain environmental conditions can, over the years, cause serious damage, even to works which have been properly framed. They are:

LIGHT: Sunlight, both direct and indirect, and fluorescent lighting are rich in ultraviolet rays and are, therefore, harmful to paper as well as to certain inks and colors. Rooms where works are to be hung should have weak daylight and must be illuminated with incandescent lighting, which is relatively harmless. Use of ultraviolet filtering glass will reduce light damage, but sunlight and fluorescent illumination must still be avoided. If your works are hung in strong sunlight, it will fade.

HEAT: Do not hang works near radiators or other sources of heat or on walls which contain flues.

HUMIDITY: Relative humidity above 70% encourages mildew or ”foxing” on paper. If the humidity in your area exceeds 70% for periods of the year, dehumidify or air condition rooms where works of art are hanging. Avoid hanging art on damp walls Very dry conditions, below 30% relative humidity, may encourage brittleness, and should be avoided.

POLLUTION: A frame properly sealed will greatly reduce exposure to polluted atmosphere as will as air conditioning the room in which the objects are hung.

It is advisable to take your works on paper down off the wall about every three years, to check its condition. This gives the interior a chance to dry out. Check behind the mats for discolorations and for light and insect damage. If the image has been discolored where the mat meets the art, it is a sign the non-archival material has been used in its framing and it should be reframed soon with acid-free archival mats and backing. Your piece of art is an investment, as well as having sentimental value. Therefore, it should be cared for properly.



Chadds Ford Gallery
Phone:(610) 388-2412             Toll free: 877-WYETHAJ (1- 877-993-8425)            email:  info@awyethgallery.com
mailing address: PO Box 179 Chadds Ford PA 19317
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