Restored glass painting

Linda Abrams
Reverse Painting on Glass
Restoration, Conservation, & Reproduction

Reverse painting on glass originated in Italy during the 13th century. It spread through Europe and Asia, and was especially wide-spread in the early 19th century. At the same time, reverse glass painting in America was popularized with the development of the banjo clock and architectural mirror. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, reverse glass painting languished in the wake of inexpensive and mass-produced transfer prints.

Reverse glass paintings are aesthetically and historically significant, and are deserving of the care and attention due to any piece of fine art. They are delicate, and require maintenance. This ensures their permanence, and retains or increases their value. Glass paintings are considered impermanent, but with proper care and treatment, they can be made to last indefinitely. Each painting is individually inspected and the appropriate conservation methods are recommended. Individual requirements and needs are carefully discussed, and estimates provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Old glass can be brittle. Although utmost care is always used, no responsibility can be assumed for breakage. All work must be undertaken at owner's risk.


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Linda Abrams, Reverse Painting on Glass
54 Fuller Street, Waltham, MA 02453 (781)647-0672

Last Updated: November 22, 2009

Photo at top: Portrait of a Lady, Chinese, circa 1820