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Sarah Cove ACR, FIIC, FBAPCR is an Accredited conservator-restorer of easel paintings and frames based in Falmouth, Cornwall. Having worked in London and SE England for over 35 years, she relocated to Cornwall in 2019, but continues with London and SE-based work on a regular basis.

The following are direct links to Sarah’s website for: studio practice, collections care, lecturing and teaching and the Constable Research Project

For more information, testimonials and examples of work please go to: www.sarahcoveacr.com

This studio carries out museum standard conservation treatments for easel paintings and historic frames ranging from major studio-based projects on individual paintings to condition surveys with remedial and preventive conservation work carried out in the studio or on site as appropriate. Our clients are mostly heritage collections, historic trusts and private owners so we are experienced at finding practical and pragmatic solutions to satisfy a diverse range of needs and budgets. We work on paintings from all Schools but we specialise in British Art from c.1500 to the present, with an emphasis on British portraiture and 19th and 20th century landscapes generally (including oil sketches on paper and board) notably John Constable, the Newlyn and St. Ives schools (19th & 20th c.) the Norwich school and marine paintings. Increasingly, we are finding that unvarnished 20th century paintings are needing remedial treatments such as surface cleaning, minor structural treatments, adjustments to framing and surface protection for their long-term preservation. This is particularly critical as often 20th century artists’ materials lack the quality and longevity of earlier works. This, combined with ‘modern’ painting techniques, makes these paintings especially vulnerable to natural ageing and environmental fluctuation.

Unlike many conservators, we have the expertise to carry out linings, tear mends and other structural treatments to paintings on canvas, panel and board on our own premises. Full documentation, photography and conservation framing is carried out as standard for all works. We also assist with short-to-long term budget planning for collections, rolling programs of studio and in-situ work and the storage, packing and couriering of art works. We prepare condition reports for insurance and exhibition purposes and assist with grant applications. A museum standard framing and glazing service is offered for frames accompanying paintings and we commission high quality historic reproduction and modern frames if needed.

A written treatment proposal and estimate including materials and transport costs (if any) is provided in advance of all work and agreed with the client. We have Hiscox professional conservators’ insurance including public liability and professional indemnity. We may offer collection/delivery for suitable paintings, including from London, and along our regular journey on the A303/A30. We can insure and transport works up to a total value of £25,000 in our vehicle with 48 hours notice. We also advise on the wrapping and transport of large or heavy paintings and frames by experienced Fine Art carriers in Cornwall and London.

Technical and scientific examination and consultancy is available for selected works.

Sarah Cove ACR is Accredited by ICON, she is also Fellow of the British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers (BAPCR) and The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC). She is a listed Corporate Supplier for the SW Federation of Museums (SWFed) and an ICON Accredited Assessor for the AIM Collections Care Conservation Grant scheme funded by the Pilgrim Trust. Sarah Cove is currently a Trustee of ICON. She works closely with UK-based training institutions to offer occasional bespoke internships and student placements at her Falmouth studio.

Sarah Cove ACR is an Accredited Lecturer for The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) and is a highly experienced and internationally acclaimed lecturer and presenter. A full list of her lecture and study day titles can be found on her website and synopses are available on request.

Sarah Cove ACR is the leading expert on the oil painting materials and techniques of John Constable RA. She carries out consultancy work for collectors and heritage bodies worldwide. For the Constable Research Project and consultancy enquiries regarding attribution please contact Sarah Cove ACR via her website where there is further information: www.sarahcoveacr.com

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