Conservation and Restoration Treatments

Sabino Conservation specialises in the treatment of glass, stone and ceramic of all types and periods. This specialisation allows for the treatment of a variety of related materials such as plaster, stucco, enamels, cloisonné, amber, bone, shell and horn. Click here for a complete list of these materials. Work is carried out in the Clerkenwell studio or on the client’s premises if space or mobility is at issue. Sabino Conservation is prepared to work in either interior or exterior environments.

Consultancy Services
Sabino Conservation is proud to offer a wide-ranging consultation service and is also pleased to advise on other materials, including paper-based media such as manuscripts, prints and drawings, as well as gilt frames, mirrors and polychromed wood. Much of this work can be carried out in the Clerkenwell studio, but if necessary some specialised aspects will be confidently referred to one of a number of associate conservator/restorers.

Condition Assessments
Sabino Conservation is frequently contracted to provide detailed reports for insurance purposes or for exhibition-related documentation. These services are carried out for private individuals, public institutions, firms, museums and galleries, as well as for the fine art and antiquities trade.

Display and Transit Services
Sabino Conservation is well placed to offer extensive advice on the preparation, housing, mounting, framing, packing, crating and shipping of a wide variety of objects, often in conjunction with condition assessments. Projects requiring large-scale fabrication or shipping by consignment are referred to leading specialist firms in the United Kingdom and abroad.


“Sabino Conservation has provided my practice with an exemplary standard of object conservation over the past two years on glass, gilt wood, ceramic and stone.  The work has always been preceded by careful assessment and analysis of condition and damage, and treatment options were meticulously studied and reported on before determining the best object-compatible solution.  The principal, Rachel Sabino-Gunaratna, has also provided valuable professional input to the design of fills, repairs and treatments for Renaissance terracotta and Roman plaster and has contributed significantly to research in both fields.  Consultancy and conservation/restoration are provided to consistently high standards.”

Professor John Ashurst, DArch RIBA
Ingram Consultancy