Foley Schalkx Conservation Ltd specialises in the conservation and restoration of modern and contemporary works of art on paper. The studio was set up by conservators Roo Foley and Maartje Schalkx in January 2017. Roo and Maartje have worked together for a number of years and have extensive experience assessing and treating artworks for private collectors, galleries, art brokers and public institutions.
Artists whose work we've had the pleasure of working on include:
Josef Albers Frank Auerbach Gillian Ayres Banksy Jean-Michel Basquiat Alexander Calder Patrick Caulfield Kwang Young Chun Robert Crumb Salvador Dali Peter Doig Albrecht Dürer Lucian Freud Elizabeth Frink Richard Hamilton George Herriman Patrick Heron Barbara Hepworth David Hockney L.S. Lowry Henri Matisse Henry Moore Paul Nash Ben Nicholson Victor Pasmore Pablo Picasso John Piper Martín Ramírez Ceri Richards Bridget Riley Antoni Tàpies Andy Warhol Scottie Wilson
A condition report documents the condition of an artwork in words and images. It can be used to assess potential treatment, as a record of the work before sale or purchase, to monitor the condition of a work over time or for insurance purposes. It can also contribute to the provenance of the artwork.
A typical condition report includes: artwork details, a discussion of the condition of the media and of the paper(s) it has been created on, examination using different light sources, testing, any treatment options and associated costs.
condition reporting a screenprint by Pushwagner
Conservation treatment may be proposed as part of a condition report. The aim of treatment and the purpose of each stage of treatment will be explained as part of the proposal.
The focus of treatment can be to stabilise the condition of the work (i.e. slowing down or halting on-going deterioration) or to address visually distracting aspects. Often treatment focuses on a combination of concerns, and a treatment to stabilise a work may also improve its appearance.
The principle of minimal intervention underlies our approach to treatment, and where possible we use techniques that are fully or partially reversible.
Once agreed, we will normally carry out treatment in our Walthamstow studio, but specific treatments may be undertaken on-site.
treating a Picasso etching
When assessing artworks we often find that problems are related to a combination of previous display or storage conditions, inappropriate framing techniques and accidental damage. We are keen to give advice on how to prevent some of the issues we commonly encounter.
The materials and techniques applied in the creation of the artwork also have a direct influence on its longevity. If you're an artist, we are more than happy to discuss the influence of the materials you use and your working practice on how your work may age.
How we work
Following an enquiry, artworks are usually delivered to our studio for assessment, or a site visit can be arranged if desired.
Where possible it is helpful to discuss the artwork in person, allowing us to understand a client’s priorities and expectations.
We then carry out a condition report, within which a treatment proposal will be included where appropriate.
Following approval to proceed with conservation treatment, treatment would ordinarily be undertaken at our studio in Blackhorse Road, however we are able to carry out certain projects on-site.
Upon completion, we produce a treatment record for your reference, outlining the techniques and materials used.
Condition reports are charged at £100 +VAT and our hourly rate is £70 +VAT for treatment. Treatment is charged per quarter of an hour and as a rough guide we find that treatment of individual artworks typically requires 2-4 hours.
Our studio is in Walthamstow, a 5 minute walk from Blackhorse Road tube station (Victoria line and Overground). Please send us an email or give us a call to arrange a visit or to discuss your artwork: