Conservation of paintings, murals, icons, antique frames & related art objects

4230 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895
Phone: 301-493-4250

Wimsatt & Associates is equipped to provide proper restoration for easel or mural-size paintings, frames and other art objects such as polychrome sculpture. It is the only studio in the Washington, D.C., area able to provide the conservation of both paintings and their frames by professional staff on the premises. Wimsatt & Associates also works on site to inspect collections, assess treatment priorities and to restore murals or other in situ objects. Often interns from the U.S. and abroad augment the permanent staff.
At the studio or in the field, treatment begins with the careful examination of the object. Based on the condition of the object, its size and the degree of difficulty of required treatment, conservation costs can be estimated. During treatment, clients are encouraged to visit the studio to view the progress on objects they entrust to us. A written report and photographic documentation are given to the owner after work is completed.
Wimsatt & Associates Art Conservation Studio is owned and operated by Justine S. Wimsatt who has worked in the conservation of paintings and related art objects since 1978. She has been a Professional Associate of The American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Objects since 1990; and she has served as Treasurer of the Washington Conservation Guild. Her education includes a B.A. degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Humanities from the University of Alaska (1974) and an M.A. degree in History of Art with Museum Orientation from the University of Michigan (1978). 
Phillip P. Sayre, a Professional Associate of the AIC since 1994 and a member of the Society of Gilders, conserves and restores frames for paintings and mirrors as well as other gilt objects like icons, clocks, sculpture and furniture. He has served as Recording Secretary for the Washington Conservation Guild.
Clients include many Federal government collections as well as private collections and individuals, embassies, churches, historical societies, auction houses, fine arts dealers and even artists themselves. Studio work has been featured in articles in Forbes (April, 1986) and The Washington Post (May 28, 1987 and June 27, 1991) as well as House Beautiful, Town and Country and Washingtonian.