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They Can Fix It
Comments () | Published August 1, 2008

Nishio Conservation Studio, 2428 17th St., NW; 202-234-0550; Conservation of Asian paintings and works on paper. Nishio has done work for major American and European museums as well as individuals.

The Old Print Gallery, 1220 31st St., NW; 202-965-1818; This shop not only sells prints and maps but conserves maps, prints, drawings, watercolors, and documents on loose paper.

Page Conservation, 1300 Seventh St., NW; 202-387-2979; This 26-year-old company restores paintings and murals in a wide range of styles. It takes on projects for major museums as well as private clients.

Angela Scott, 414 Seventh St., SE; 202-547-7945. Scott specializes in conservation of rare books as well as rebinding. She’s been in the field since 1976 and has done work for the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art.

Judith Tartt, Warrenton; 202-256-2787; Tartt, the painting conservator at the Kreeger Museum, has done work at the House of Representatives as well as for private collectors.

Alexandra Tice, Chevy Chase; 301-986-1296. Tice has been conserving oil paintings for 32 years and specializes in 18th- through early 20th-century works. She has worked on nearly all of the paintings at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Sarah S. Wagner, Silver Spring; 301-758-9997. Highly recommended by conservators at the Library of Congress, Wagner is an expert in the conservation of photographs. She does work for institutions such as the National Gallery of Art and the Corcoran as well as for individuals.

Wimsatt & Associates Art Conservation Studio, 4230 Howard Ave., Kensington; 301-493-4250; Justine Wimsatt and her staff restore paintings, murals, and painted sculpture. A gilding conservator on staff can restore frames.

Ceramic, Crystal, and Glass

Chaudron Glass & Mirror, 1801 Lovegrove St., Baltimore; 410-685-1568. Re-silvers old mirrors or gives new mirrors an antique look to match old frames. Hand-beveling and stone-wheel engraving available. Also repairs crystal and glass, including stained glass.

Glass and Crystal Restoration Center, 10 Overpond Ct., Potomac; 301-340-2624. Giovanni Nason was a glassmaker in Italy before coming to America. He can repair chipped glass and crystal and make shattered china look new. He also repairs mirrors, chandeliers, and ivory but doesn’t work on stained glass.

Mary Landess Restorations, Baltimore; 410-319-8684. Recommended by pottery shops in Annapolis and Baltimore, Mary Landess repairs china, porcelain, pottery, and some glass.

Virginia Stained Glass Co., 5250-E Port Royal Rd., Springfield; 703-425-4611; Re-leads stained glass and replaces broken panels on windows, lamps, and other objects. Also offers classes in stained glass.

Zorella Restoration, Baltimore; 410-225-2141. Repairs pottery, including antiques, plus stained glass and crystal for antique dealers and private collectors.

Chandeliers, Lamps, and Shades

Annapolis Lighting, 71 Forest Plaza, Annapolis, 410-224-2565; 1616-A Rockville Pike, Rockville, 301-231-4994; 6435 Dobbin Rd., Columbia, 410-964-4351; This family-owned, 38-year-old company does all lighting repairs except welding.

Artisan Lamp, 3331 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-244-8900; Repairs lamps, chandeliers, and light fixtures except for halogen. Restores antique lights and repairs silk shades. Limited on-site work and no regilding.

Bethesda Art Metal Works, 4955 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 301-656-1445. Young Kim specializes in decorative metal objects but also does chandelier repair and rewiring and metal plating.

Chevy Chase Plating & Polishing, 12131 Nebel St., Rockville; 301-230-7686; This repair shop for fine metals also fixes lamps and light fixtures, including rewiring and voltage conversion.

Crenshaw Lighting, 592 Paradise La., Floyd, Va.; 540-745-3900; This custom lighting manufacturer specializes in historic and very high-end chandeliers and fixtures. Clients send a photograph to determine whether the project is right for Crenshaw before the company sends someone from Floyd, near the North Carolina border.

David Toran Chandelier Services, Northwest DC; 202-328-9309; Provides in-home maintenance, repair, rewiring, and restoration of fine metal and crystal chandeliers. Also does packing and transportation. Toran has worked for the Mayflower hotel and Kennedy Center.

Gaylord’s Lamps and Shades, 4620 Leland St., Chevy Chase; 301-986-9680; In business since 1953, Gaylord’s not only builds new custom lamps but can repair, refinish, and rewire all types of lamps except halogen and chandeliers. Also relines, recovers, and trims shades. It recently added a woodworking shop to craft custom bases for lamps.


These shops make house calls for large clocks.

Clock Shop of Vienna, 109 Church St., NW, Vienna; 703-938-3990; Restores the inner mechanisms of just about any kind of clock—except cuckoo and electric clocks.

Ecker’s Clock & Watch Shop, 8010 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda; 301-652-0549; Offers the full gamut of clock repair.

Kensington Clock and Watch, 10426 Armory Ave., Kensington; 301-942-3794. In business since 1968, this shop can handle any clock, large or small—including watches. Some wood restoration.

Decorative Finishes: Faux Painting and More

Artistree Studios, 4903 Crowson Ave., Baltimore; 410-433-0554; Restores decorative paint, stenciling, gold leaf, and other ornamentation on walls, floors, ceilings, and other surfaces. The firm has done work for Montpelier Mansion in Laurel and several area churches.

D.L. Boyd, 5905 Arbor St., Hyattsville; 301-773-6767; Specializes in plaster, including historic restorations and texturing. Also works on stucco and tile.

Lenore Winters Studio, 4911 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-6004. Does original decorative and faux painting on walls and furniture; can also disguise damage in wood, marble, and other materials.


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