My idea of fun this summer was anticipating what new treasure would arrive at my studio next. I was not disappointed! The variety of paintings was totally fascinating.
The steady stream of oil paintings included a normal array of smoke-covered 19th Century ancestors, views of Cape Cod and Europe, and several floral still-life paintings in various states of decay. An then, in a box delivered from a collector in Miami, a fabulous 17th Century French altar-panel arrived! Its paint was lifting, and covered with at least a century’s worth of soot. (Seems to have had some restoration work in the late 1800′s.)
A call from New Hampshire resulted in the arrival of a rare painting by William Morris Hunt. It had been over a fireplace mantel since its creation in the mid 1800′s, and its winter moodiness was covered by a layer of grey.
A Rhode Island collector presented a 19th Century continental landscape for cleaning, it’s minute details all obscured by the residue of cigarette smoke. An heir in Colorado sent two American 1880′s landscapes to be cleaned and repaired. A woman in Utah sent a ripped painting of a horse, and a Massachusetts couple arrived at the studio with a cavalry battle-scene painting in need of cleaning. And, apparently to balance-out my overly equine selection, a man from Connecticut brought a painting of cows.
It’ was a fun summer!