With preservation in the future in mind, we include preventive
conservation measures as a natural component of all treatments. These help to slow down the development of problems and so
lessen the risk of costly treatment in the future. They are shaped by museum standards of care: one effective measure is to
create a micro-environment within the original frames using museum quality low reflecting glass, backboards and scavengers.
conservation of frames can be arranged to coincide with the treatment of the painting. For this the studio subcontracts experienced
frame conservators to carry out a broad range of treatments from cleaning and reconstruction of missing elements to the manufacture
of new frames and upgrades of existing frames to create micro-climate enclosures.
We provide recommendations and advice
on a wide range of aspects of the care and preservation of paintings including display, storage, packing, and environmental
parameters; taking into account the painting's normal environment whether it be museum, or ecclesiastical setting or private
Condition assessments are provided to inform acquisition decisions and to help monitor change in a painting when
on loan to exhibitions.
The practice is run by Mary Bustin ACR. After post-graduate training in easel painting conservation
at the Courtauld Institute of Art followed by internships in London and Brussels, she joined the conservation department of
the Area Museums Service for South East England based at Kenwood House, London. Her interest in museum-based conservation
deepened during a Culpeper Fellowship at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, following which, in 1991, she joined
Tate as paintings conservator for the newly-opened Tate Liverpool and then Tate St Ives, conserving modern and contemporary
paintings in the collections of Tate. In 2009 she established Mary Bustin Conservation to make museum standard conservation
services more accessible to collectors of fine art.
In addition to our core work for public collections conserving paintings
for display, we advise international galleries on purchases, document and treat paintings for artists' estates, and restore