Can you over-restore a home?

Victorian Terrace House, East Melbourne

If you are renovating an older home it is important to remember what attracted it to you in the first place. It’s definitely possible to ‘over-restore’ a home just as a conservator can make a painting look too new by overpainting and varnishing to remove all signs of age. Ideally you retain the best features,…

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How to commission a portrait

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Portrait of a Young Girl 1879 pastel on paper

The winner of the wildly popular Archibald prize was recently announced, and that has set me thinking about how to commission a portrait for your own collection, or as a gift. The Archibald might be the most famous, but it’s not the only prize for portraiture in this country. To name but two others there…

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