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Sculpture conservation & restoration

Painting the Stirling heads, Kings Inner Room, Stirling Palace, Historic Scotland.

Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation is an award-winning company in the field of conservation and restoration of historic building facades and interiors, architectural ornament, Museum and Art Gallery artefacts, sculpture in private collections, municipal and garden statuary, churchyards, gravestones and war memorials. We have extensive experience working with all types of stone including sandstone, limestone, marble, granite, alabaster, soapstone and serpentinite, bronze and other metals, terracotta, plaster, ivory, mother of pearl and polychromed objects including gilding.

We undertake condition surveys and conservation reports, we lecture and write articles, as well as always being available on a consultative basis.

  • Consultancy, survey and feasibility studies that include comprehensive condition surveys with photographic and diagrammatic recording of the condition of the object, highlighting areas of concern.
  • Assessment of any previous treatment documentation or apparent intervention.
  • The creation of reports to document any survey, analysis or treatment undertaken, alongside any recommendations or specifications for future conservation or restoration work.

Our team is entrusted by the National Trust for Scotland, the National Museums of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland, among others, for the safe relocation of sculptures and artefacts. We also have a wealth of experience in designing and creating imaginative and sensitive displays and fixings for sculptures.

Graciela Ainsworth and other members of the team are also trained sculptors and passionate artists that have carried out numerous commissions for municipal and private clients.

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Painting the Stirling heads, Kings Inner Room, Stirling Palace, Historic Scotland. Analysis, paint removal, replacement stone moulding and re-painting, Spittal St, Stirling. Completed Stirling Heads, Stirling Palace. Conservation and restoration of  Adams' stucco roundels, Genereral Register House. Conservation of  water gilt window pelmets, private house.
Conservation of the polychromed wood, Our lady of Lourdes, Ayr. Conservation work at Private school, Edinburgh. Detail after conservation of Adams' roundels, General Register House. Gilding and design work, Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh. Gilding of Jill Watson's 'Pear Tree' at Hampton Court Palace.
Painted plaster Heraldic panel for Scone Palace. Painting and gilding of Queens Inner Room, Stirling Castle, Historic Scotland. Painting Heraldry in the Kings Inner Room, Stirling Palace, Historic Scotland. Painting of plaster copy of a heraldic panel, Scone Palace. Painting the wall and ceiling decoration, Queens Inner Hall, Stirling Palace.