Caring for Fine Art for over 25 Years

Founded by David Stein in 1991, the studio is the largest private conservation practice specialising in Paintings Conservation in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. We have a comprehensive knowledge of all periods of Australian art, with a unique understanding of the types of condition problems that arise with particular artists’ works, in addition to damages from our climate and the rigours of age.

David Stein & Co has become the trusted partner of some of Australia’s most prestigious institutions and collectors, and has a reputation for commitment to the care of art.

  • Restoration and repairs of oil and acrylic paintings on canvas and board, including tears, holes, cracking, flaking paint, cleaning dirt and mould, discoloured varnishes, transport damage, smoke, fire and water damage
  • We work with specialist paper and sculpture conservators to provide the best care for your collection
  • Our dedicated art carriers and installers can collect, deliver and hang your artworks
  • Is it worth it? We have an independent valuation service to value your artwork

Cleaning

Removal of dirt, mould and discoloured varnishes

Tear Repairs

Surgical repair of tears in canvases

Lining

Specialist infusion and lining of canvases


We understand that the hole on your the wall gets larger whilst your artwork is being repaired. However, good conservation must not be rushed. Ours is a meticulous and time consuming profession, with treatments often requiring drying time or monitoring in the studio. Our team of conservators ensure a reasonable turn around at all times but never at the expense of the artwork. 

ARTCARE is our mobile service for comprehensive care of collections in homes, offices and galleries. We undertake onsite cleaning and condition assessments of private, government and corporate collections, including monitoring of light, temperature and humidity conditions.

  • We provide advice on environmental control of sunlight, humidity, mould and mildew, and insect damage
  • Advice on appropriate conservation storage of artworks, works on paper, collectables, etc

DUST & MOULD REMOVAL

Brush vacuuming to remove build up of dust, mould and insect frass

CLEANING & RETOUCHING

Surface cleaning of dirt & stains, and minor retouchings to damages

INSTALLATION

Securing hanging devices and positioning of artworks

We offer advice on appropriate period framing for traditional, modern and contemporary artworks. Frame restorations and gilding of traditional ornate frames, frame reproductions, contemporary box and acrylic frames, mounting systems. We have a selection of frame samples in both our Alexandria and Woollahra studios.

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PERIOD STYLE FRAMES

Restoration and repairs to damaged ornamentation and gilding. Reproductions of period style frames.

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MODERN & CONTEMPORARY

New and reproduction frames to suit modern and contemporary artworks. All archival materials.

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GILDING

In-gilding and re-gilding with 24ct gold leaf water gilding. Oil gilding and patination.

Our secure climate controlled storage facility is for specialised conservation storage of artworks.
Each artwork is assessed for condition, stored safely in our dedicated rack storage and regularly monitored.
We offer short and long term storage options.

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climate control

Dedicated storage racks and minimal wrapping allow for air flow in our temperature and humidity controlled storage

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professional handling

Each artwork is safely handled and moved within our storage areas by trained conservators and art handlers

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documentation

All artworks are regularly checked for condition, and recorded using our 'Artemis' database tracking system