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Sculpture conservation & restoration

Alex Bisset gravestone, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Perth.

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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Alex Bisset gravestone, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Perth. Blue Peter Stone, Grefriars Kirkyard, Perth. Conserved gravestones with new supports, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Perth. Dismantling, conservation and re-display of 11 14th century carved schist effigies Saddell Abbey. Display and conservation of 11 14th century carved schist effigies, Saddell Abbey.
Duncan Ban MacIntyre gravestone, Greyfriars, Edinburgh. Edderton Kirkyard, following conservation. John Cameron gravestone, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Perth. Mauchline Graveyard, following conservation. Opening ceremony following conservation of Mercer Gravestone, Fraserburgh.
Peter Family gravestone, Greyfriars Kirkyard, Perth. Protecting effigies prior to re-siting, Saddell Abbey.