Work history

Since March 2017

Preservation Society of Newoport County

  • Conserve wooden objects as well as painted, varnished, lacquered and gilded pieces of furniture and wooden objects
  • Examine cross sections of gilt wood with its toning and glazing layers
  • Conduct condition surveys on all object categories within the Preservation Society’s collection
  • Move, install and de-install collections pieces for permanent display and exhibitions
  • Conduct survey of all storage facilities, their layout and condition
  • Improve storage conditions
  • Collections maintenance and cleaning of all collections object types

November 2016 – March 2017

ARTEX Fine Art Services, Boston,  United Kingdom

Constructing a variety of custom crates and padding for safe shipment of artwork

May 2014 – October 2016

Schueller Conservation Service, Boston, United States

Conserving pieces of furniture, gilded pictures frames and wooden objects in a team of conservators and in private practice.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Microscopic examination of gilding layers on a frame to a Benjamin West altar piece
Gilding consolidation, removal of corroded bronze paint, in-painting and toning of the frame’s gilding

Christine Thomson, Salem
Microscopic examination of historic paints (e.g. the Old Manse House, Concord; the Loring-Greenough House, Boston; Hamilton Hall, Salem), determination of authenticity of historic paints and color matching of historic paint as well as paint and gilding conservation treatments of wooden objects and pieces of furniture

Jameson & Thompson Fine Art Services, Jamaica Plain, Boston
• Custom frame and frame support building
• Conserving gilded picture and mirror frames and wooden objects

Independent projects:
• Conserving painted and gilded wooden sculptures, picture and mirror frames
• Conserving antique pieces of furniture
• First aid treatments and securing objects for transport
• Inventory and digital photographic documentation of a private collection

January 2008 – May 2012

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

Conserving architectural woodwork, European furniture from 1600 – 1900, musical instruments and gilt frames for re-display in the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries, the Dr. Susan Weber Furniture Gallery and the European Galleries, exhibitions and loans.

October 2006 – December 2007

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, United States

Conserving American and European furniture, wooden objects, gilt frames and musical instruments. Research on paint and binding materials used on early American Furniture displayed in the Art od The Armicas wing.

April 2006 – October 2006

Self-employed furniture conservation, Hildesheim and Regensburg, Germany

Conserving English furniture for a private collector, restoring a rococo floor at Palais Palffi in Vienna as part of a team of conservators

September 2002 – March 2003

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Collections care and first aid treatment. Conserving colonial furniture for exhibitions and re-display.

September 2000 – January 2006

Graduate Studies in Conservation and Restoration of Furniture and Wooden Objects at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hildesheim Germany.

Studies included the following subjects: History of art, art technology and cultural heritage, historical techniques, science (chemistry, physics, microbiology), documentation techniques and photography

June 1998 – September 2000

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany

Altonaer Museum, Hamburg, Germany

Caroline Weiss Restaurierung, Hamburg, Germany

Internships in leading northern German museums and conservation workshops restoring furniture and gilded art objects.

January 1996 – June 1998

Apprenticeship as a cabinet maker at Bruno Berendt GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany

German apprenticeship with hands-on learning of modern and traditional woodworking and varnishing techniques for the furniture production trade.