What to Do?

Call the office at 440-774-4215 and you can speak with the appropriate specialist conservator for your needs.

Or email us at mckaylodge@gmail.com. Feel free to include images.

These are the best ways to start.


It’s not too complex.

We maintain sufficient “fine art property of others” insurance for our current inventory through our fine arts specialist insuring agency Huntington Block. Typically we maintain several million dollars of coverage for our current inventory. This insurance covers “property of others” also during all transportation, subject to certain transport security requirements.

However, our insurance names McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory as the beneficiary. The purpose of this insurance is to enable the company to pay any claims made by clients.

Clients are encouraged to maintain their own insurance for “locations elsewhere.” We can provide your insurer with a facilities report if needed.

For items submitted that are of high dollar value (exceeding an estimated $100,000) and are not protected by any owner’s insurance, we will ask the owner to agree to, in a document we will prepare, a “limit of value” in order to accommodate the value in our insured inventory.

For items submitted that are of high dollar value (exceeding an estimated $100,000) and listed in an insurance policy, we shall ask the client to have their agency provide us with a Certificate of Insurance naming Mckay Lodge Conservation Laboratory as “Additional Named Insured.” This is customary practice for museums.


Our climate control cargo vans are available for pick-up and deliveries of clients’ art works and objects, as well as for bringing equipment and personnel to your site.

Art Transport Vans

Our Transport Cargo Vans

We Work by a Code of Ethics

McKay Lodge Art Conservation Laboratory abides by the Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice set forth by the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). You are encouraged to read these documents available on the AIC website:

AIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice

Registrations and Examinations Explained

For any item you submit for art conservation we are obligated to you, and obliged by the ethics and guidelines of our profession, to take the time necessary to understand the condition issues, document them in writing, in photographs or both, and explain in writing how our proposed recommendations for any actions, especially treatments, relate to those conditions.

With the exception of fixed on-site art or other such items, in order to obtain an accurate cost proposal for conservation of an art work or historic object, the art conservator must have the item available for examination and testing at the facility where the necessary equipment is at hand.

Normally, as in the case of our museum clients, art works are typically left with us for these exams and testing. There is a small flat rate charge for this work. This charge covers registering the object in our system, providing a storage location for it, the conservator’s time in examining it, and the preparation of a technical and cost proposal for conservation. Any time-consuming additional tasks necessary for examination, such as uncrating, or unframing large framed works, will have additional charges identified in advance.

The current hourly rate for art conservation labor is the rate used in the calculation of the cost proposal. Our cost proposals are not estimates; they are firm priced proposals and the amount of the proposal will be the invoiced amount when the work is complete, unless rare unforeseen “discoveries” are made in the course of treatment that would change the proposed treatment. Any “discoveries” are reported to the client as soon as found and the matter discussed.

On some occasions, however, estimates may be offered based on either an initial examination of an object or on submitted photographs of the object and a discussion with the owner. You are welcome to contact us by email with a request for an estimate based on images you present.

Non-museum clients submitting art objects or heirlooms of uncertain value may benefit from meeting with the art conservator and presenting the art object or heirloom for the art conservator to evaluate briefly in person. The art conservator can then provide the owner with an estimation of costs and explanation of procedures or all options to enable the owner to know before the flat rate expense of an exam is engaged if conservation work is affordable or cost-appropriate. For these meetings we often set aside one day a month as an art conservation “Clinic Day.” We also allow occasional appointments at other times. There is no charge for a brief meeting with the art conservator during such an appointment unless the time exceeds a half of an hour. If the owner decides to proceed with art conservation, the art object or heirloom still must be left for the conservator to fully examine the item and perform any necessary testing, as well as produce a written technical and cost proposal.

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