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Sculpture conservation & restoration

Aberfeldy Bridge, Marble Herldic Panels.

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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Aberfeldy Bridge, Marble Herldic Panels. Aberfeldy Bridge, Marble Panels. Architectural ornament conservation, Abbotsford House. Cawdor Castle, Pediment conservation. Conservation of 47 sandstone statues, Jenners, Edinburgh.
Conservation work to main doorway, Newhailes House, NTS (photo by RCAHMS). Hampton Court Palace, conservation of 10 terracotta Da Maiano Roundels. Hampton Court Palace, Laser cleaning of terracotta roundel (HRP image). Hampton Court Palace, Lime mortar repairs (HRP image). Internal and external stone conservation, Royal Scottish Academy.
Lime mortar repairs and lime washes at Hawthorn Castle. New Piper carving, Craigievar Castle NTS Newly carved Heraldic Panel, installation at Scone Palace Archway. Private school, Edinburgh Scone Palace Archway before and after conservation and restoration.
Scone Palace Archway, conservation and new carving of the 4 heraldic panels. St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, external stone conservation.