In 1988 Dr. Charles Selwitz, a conservation scientist at the Getty Conservation Research Institute, learned about our work with animation art. At the time he was working on a study to explore the strength and use of nitrocellulose in conservation. We supplied cel samples for the study and discussed our treatments and procedures for cels […]

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When recreating Walt Disney’s office for the new film “Saving Mr. Banks” the studio used four of the Courvoisier Studio Replicas to make sure the artwork on the walls was as accurate as possible. Jim Hill reports “Speaking of reproductions … A sharp eyed JHM fan earlier this week sent me a note saying that […]

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A lady called to ask if we could “remove some “dirt” from her Snow White cel”? It’s not unusual to get that sort of question. We created animation art conservation as a practice in 1977 and since that time we have branched out beyond animation art to paintings, prints, ceramic and porcelain as well as […]

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“Vinegaring” in film and animation cels Late in 2013 I received a phone call asking about an odd vinegar-like aroma coming, strangely enough, from some cels. While the matter seemed strange to the caller, the issue wasn’t new to us.
 This was far from the first similar inquiry we’d had. Vinegaring syndrome is a serious […]

Restoration

Got a call, some time back from an old campaigner who’d purchased a drawing on an online auction-like site. Said he’d paid over $800 for it and wanted to know “if its real”. “Hmm,” I thought. Why in the dickens didn’t he call first to ask. Most of the time I don’t have the luxury […]

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