Conservation & Restoration
Authentication, Condition & Valuation
The Pocock Gallery offers qualified research, authentication and valuation of
works of art by listed artists of note through its own expertise, an expansive
research library supported by multiple online databases, and a network of
corresponding recognized specialists on a number of specific artists.  

Stuart Pocock is also a respected authority in the work of a number of noted
American and European Artists and in particular, paintings by Emile A. Gruppé
(1896 – 1978); Aldro T. Hibbard (1886 – 1972); Anthony Thieme (1888 –
1954); Carl W. Peters (1897 – 1980); William Lester Stevens (American, 1888 –
1969) and Johann Berthelsen (1883 – 1972), among many others.  

Conclusive research produces documented letters of authentication and detailed  
descriptions of the condition of the work of art.  Objective valuation is derived
from a number of variables that include the condition of the painting, its subject-
matter, the quality of execution and comparable merit based on the realities of
the marketplace, auction and gallery comparable's.

The Gallery also offers comprehensive verbal valuations, opinion of authenticity
and analysis of condition to the general public, for a nominal charge.   

Please feel free to
contact us for assured courteous replies to your inquiries.
Museum Quality Custom Framing
The appeal of any work of art is affected by the choice and condition of the frame
that surrounds it.  It is indeed often preferable to replace even an intact original
frame if such a replacement more suitably compliments the work it houses.  The
original frame is retained if it is significant to the importance, value or validity of the

The selection of an appropriate frame warrants careful considerations - an exercise
that benefits from professional advice.  The Pocock Gallery is well known for its
featured framing services and offers museum-quality and archival framing at
surprisingly affordable rates.

Our offerings include a wonderful selection of hand-carved 22K gold-leaf frames
custom made to our specifications by one of the most respected artisanal
workshops in the country.  We also offer a large selection of highly affordable
ready-made frames available in numerous standard sizes and a carefully chosen
selection of moldings that can be custom cut to order.

We also provide tasteful options for museum-mount, fully reversible and truly
archival acid-free framing of original watercolors, pastels and important works on

When dealing with the Pocock Gallery, our clients are guaranteed that the work is
done correctly, using only the best techniques and materials available. We readily
assist our customers in selecting the most complimentary frame to reflect the
importance of the artwork it adorns.
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Over the past 27 years, the Pocock Gallery has established a number of important art collections, for private,
corporate and institutional clients throughout the country.

We are indeed proud of the service we have provided to all of our clients who seek advice in establishing their
collections.  The breadth of quality and value we offer through our  Gallery inventory is quite impressive.  Novice
or established collectors will find  easily add to their collection at virtually any budget level.  In fact, one does not
have to spend a fortune for museum-quality paitings of great merit that  at the Pocock Gallery.

.  have provided , either through paintings sold exclusively through the Gallery and with our assistance as
consultants and advisors.

Our services include researching, authenticating and

As a service to its clients, the Pocock Gallery offers consultation on the acquisition of single paitings , Stuart
Pocock personally works with his clients to help them achieve their collecting goals

It is with a great sense of accomplishements that The Pocock Gallery has established a number of important
private and corporate collections by working closely with tis clients to achieve to satisfy the needs of its clientele.  
In addition, the gallery has also supplied works to Museum and important institutional collections seeking one or
more works.

Stuart Pocock works closely with his clients to achieve building collections to meet specific needs.  
The Pocock Gallery offers professional
conservation and restoration for original oil
paintings  The work is performed in-house
or by  trusted art conservators and restorers
who work closely with the gallery.

We  provide complimentary verbal estimates
and candidly advise our clients regarding the
merit of an investment in the conservation
and/or restoration based on the value and
importance of the painting.  

Conservation is one of the most important
facets of ownership of any work of art.  
Proper care of your investment will heighten
the enjoyment and value of the work, as
well as ensuring that any degradation is
recognized and stabilized before any further
damage takes place.

Paintings in need of restoration need to be
addressed as soon as possible to stabilize the
condition and prevent further degradation.  

Our professional services include:

  • Renewing inconsistent varnish layers;
  • Removal of yellowed or inconsistent
    varnish layer;
  • Reversible non-yellowing varnishing;
  • Cleaning of pigment layer;
  • Reversing dimpling or localized
    stretching to the canvas layer;
  • Keying;
  • Re-attaching and re-stretching the
    original canvas to the original or to a
    replacement Stretcher;
  • Fabrication of replacement stretchers;
  • Restoration of a punctured or torn
    canvas layer;
  • Strip Linings;
  • Full linings, reversal of linings and re-
  • Filling and in-paiting.

It is important to note that all restoration
work performed is fully reversible.

Paintings in the collection

We seldom offer paintings that have
undergone extensive restoration as generally
this implies a devaluation of the value of the
work.  If a painting has been restored, we
provide full disclosure of condition and price
the painting  based on the impact such
restoration has on its value.

All of the painting offered in the Pocock
Gallery collections are professionally
conserved to showcase the work as the day
it was created by the artist.  

This generally entails the removal of old
varnish, surface cleanings of the pigment
layer to address soiling commensurate to
exposure and age, and to reverse localized
dimpling or stretching to the canvas.  The
painting is then re-varnished with a fully
reversible non-yellowing varnish.

As an example,
"The Old Homestead" by
William Lester Stevens (American, 1888-
1969) pictured to the right.  A progression
of cleanings and finally the framed work in
conserved condition ready for sale.
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