Tess Everett Murphy is a third generation trained specialist in the restoration of oil paintings and frames. In 1980 she began her training in England as an apprentice to the well known art restorer Guy V. Reed who trained under Helmut Ruhemann, for four decades the foremost authority in the field as consultant restorer to London’s National Gallery and Chief of Technology for the Courtauld Institute in London. He was a world expert in restoring old master paintings and helped to found the International Institute of Conservation  in London, 1950. He is credited with the modern concept on the cleaning of paintings.

   After her apprenticeship Tess returned to the US where she has owned her own restoration service in both Massachusetts and Florida. As an independent art restorer for over 28 years, Tess is recognized as an expert and fully qualified to manage all treatments and restorations of oil paintings. She manages projects from a simple cleaning to full restorations of paintings on canvas and panel (wood, metal). Gilded wood and gesso frames can be proficiently restored on request.

   Tess is a member of the American Institute of
Conservation and is fully insured and bonded to work on
the finest works of art.


Restoration / Conservation Services

4Surface dirt removed

4Smoke residue removed

4Discolored varnish removed

4Paint loss restoration

4Mold eradication

4Repair of tears, holes and abrasions

4Lining, edge lining of paintings on canvas
   (See FAQ's: frequently asked questions)

4Frame repair and regilding

4Restretching and varnishing


4Free no obligation quote



Other Services


Custom detailed written and photographic documentation can be provided on all aspects of condition and treatment.


Insurance reports are available upon request.


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