As can be seen in the photograph, this painting by Fredrick Schaefer was sitting on the floor of the garage when 3 in. of water flooded the area causing the paint to flake off and destroying the gesso frame.
The first problem was leaving/storing the art work on the floor in a poor quality storage area. Always store artwork up on blocks.
The second problem occured when the owner wiped his hand over the flaking area and removed the original paint (we routinely save original flaking paint).
The result is a damaged painting that requires extensive inpainting which, in the end, will look perfect but the value will be compromised. Both of these problems could have been avoided.
Still, even though this could have been avoided and was partly due to lack of care by the owner, an insurance claim could be filed if fine art insurance were in place. Not only damage can be mitigated but loss of value might be an issue. Scott Haskins and FACL often help collectors and home owners with evaluations, claims and the conservation treatments. Contact us at 805 564 3438
Appraisal questions? Call Richard Holgate at 805 895 5121 www.faclappraisals.com
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