Therese Prunet-Brewer ACR
Year Established: 1984 Description: I restore mainly paintings on canvas and wood from early Gothic period until early 20th century. I restore mostly European paintings (English, Italian, French, German; Dutch, Spanish, Russian). I restore as well icons: Greek and Russian. My experience is 36+ years. I worked 15 years for the Louvre and French Provincial Museums 1984-1999. In 1999 I moved to England. Since then I have been working privately for the Hamilton Kerr Institute (Cambridge), The National Trust, English Heritage, The Royal Collection, London art dealers and other private clients. I can do complete conservation treatments including varnish removal, minor canvas treatment, consolidation, puttying, retouching, and final varnishing. I do as well very minimal treatments to present a painting for sale, such as surface cleaning, consolidation, and varnishing. Works On Site: This practice is prepared to work on site. Delivery: A collection and delivery service is available. Additional charges are made for transportation of the painting. Charging policy: estimates are charged if it is only for a quote with tests. The cost of examination and tests are deducted from the final cost of the painting if the painting is taken in for conservation treatment. No charge is made for materials, it is included in the treatment apart from the purchase of expensive items such as a new stretcher or unusual solvents and expensive canvas or pigments. The restoration of frames(gilded or not)can be done with one of our colleague and the frame is send back and reframed in my conservation studio if the owner of the painting wishes so.The total conservation/restoration of the painting, frame included can be organised from our studio so the client does not have to worry about the reframing of the painting. The frame conservator is a qualified museum conservator.
- ****ANALYSIS: during treatment some analysis may be necessary to complete and enlighten the understanding of the conservation work undertaken. Pigments analysis, UV, IR photos, X Rays can be provided when and if necessary.
I have used the services of Ms Prunet ~Brewer over the last few years as a conserver , repairer and cleaner of a number of oil paintings , from an extensive family collection ,some in very poor condition , and she has always given excellent work at very fair prices . I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her and her work . .
Simon FieldEx CEO, Retired
Recently, Therese cleaned and repaired two oil paintings for me. One By J Thors and one by William West.
The Thors was a dark and lifeless picture of a country scene due to many decades of dust and smoke. After
extensive cleaning it now has come to life. The cloud definition is exquisite whereas before it all looked grey.
The West, an indoor scene of a family drinking in the parlour, was in a very poor condition. It required
extensive restoration of cracked paint and dirt removal. This has been done with great skill and empathy and the
scene is vibrant again.
Therese is a very skilled, experienced and accomplished conservator. She kept me fully informed of the
progress and I have been very pleased with the results. I can thoroughly recommend her.
Dr JK Gillman-Wells
DR JK WellsDoctor
We have known and worked with Therese for almost 20 years and can attest to the fact that she produces top level quality museum conservation work.
Therese is an excellent conservator, patient skilful and resourceful. The work she has done for us has been exemplary, and she has worked on some very challenging projects for us. She has a sophisticated eye for colour matching and a sensitive feel for antique ethics, always managing to bring back artworks to their original vibrancy. She has the ability to make a picture come alive again, with all the details, rich colours and tones restored. She can work to a time table and is very good listening to our needs and explaining procedures. Her attention to every details from shipping to analysis to conservation is always very professional. We would not hesitate in recommending her for the conservation of fine arts paintings.
Dino TomassoTomasso Brothers Fine Art
SORBONNE PARIS I UNIVERSITY (1975-1978) SCIENCES AND TECHNIQUES APPLIED TO THE CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION OF CULTURAL PROPERTY ART & ARCHEOLOGY (1975-1977) (IFROA) FRENCH INSTITUTE FOR RESTORATION OF ART WORKS, PAINTING SECTION (1979-1983) For my diploma I restored a painting and wrote a study on the conservation and insecticidal treatment of paintings on wood in collaboration with the Wood Institute in Paris. ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS Paris (1978-1979) (Old Masters’ painting techniques, Mr Wacker) DRAWING SCHOOL, ÉCOLE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS. Drawing from life and from Greco-Roman plaster casts COPYING OF OLD MASTERS IN THE LOUVRE MUSEUM. I copied a self-portrait of Nicolas Poussin and a portrait of Mademoiselle Ingres. TRATTEGGIO TECHNIQUE AT INSTITUTO CENTRALE DI RESTAURO ROMA (1982) NATIONAL MUSEUMS (LOUVRE) (1986) Examination for painting conservator’s register (accepted) DIPLOMA MURAL PAINTINGS ICCROM (1988) INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF THE PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION OF CULTURAL PROPERTY