References and Testimonials


Original Letter

I am writing to you at this time to let you know how much I appreciate the restoration work that you have done on our collection of 19th century American paintings. I must say that it is rare for a restorer to be equally competent in carrying out paper restoration, oil painting restoration and restoration of ornate gilt frames. Having been a collector for the last 14 years and having had the opportunity in the past to use the best restorers in New York City for a variety of problems, I can truly attest that you are much more than their peer. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be accorded to you is that the curators at the St. Petersburg Museum of Art, where our collection was on exhibition from October 9, 1994 to December 31, 1994, uniformly commented on the very high quality of the state of preservation, both of the paintings and the frames.

As you undoubtedly know, I have no problem whatsoever with respect to your tackling problems with any of our paintings, even the most valuable. Contrary to many restorers, you never do too much and you never do too little. Indeed, you do what is required.

Any first rate museum would be proud to have you as a restorer and/or consultant. You obviously have my vote of confidence.I certainly wish you continued success in Florida and look forward to a long association with you.

Michel Hersen, Ph.D.


Original Letter

To: Dr. Kenworth Moffett
Director
Museum of Art
One East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

As you will remember, I called you in my search to find a first rate conservator to work on some 50 watercolor and monochromatic drawings that my Father executed during his Rotch Fellowhsip years. They had been badly framed with inferior materials and were badly in need of help.

Considerable research led me to Mr. George Schwartz who practices in Boca Raton. He has been working on the collection for approximately a month now. I have found that his scholarship to be first rate, his scientific knowledge and skills of the highest professional level. Added to this, George has real enthusiasm for his work and the subject matter. His work has been done on a timely basis and I have found that his charges to be extremely fair. I would underscore that he is most agreeable and easy to work with.

Should the Museum have need of a conservator or should you need a name to recommend to members who might make inquiry, I can strongly recommend Mr. Schwartz.I have attached a copy of his resume for your information.

Edward D. Stone, Jr., FASLA


Original Letter

To: Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
1717 K St. NW
Suite 301
Washington, DC 20006

I am writing to extol the talents of George Schwartz of ConservArt in Boca Raton, FL.

My wife and I were devastated a few months ago when a large ancestral portrait from my wife’s family fell from the wall and sustained severe damage. The glass that had covered it was shattered and the picture was ripped right through in several plces. We were afraid there was no hope, particularly as this 1875 portrait had been done not in oil paints, but in pastels.

Then we found Mr. Schwartz. He assured us that he could help, describing in some detail the meticulous steps required, and we left our picture in his hands. Some weeks later we returned to witness a minor miracle. Mr. Schwartz had repaired the tears in the fragile paper backing and restored the surface so masterfully that the former damage is now invisible. I can’t say enough about George Schwartz’ talent, sensitivity and skill. My wife and I are thrilled to have her ancestor back with us, looking as good as ever. We recommend Mr. Schwartz unhesitatingly. His expertise speaks for itself.

Mr. Alan Varner


Original Letter

Now in its sixth month since opening to the public last March, the International Museum of Cartoon Art has proved to be a wonderful success.

Visitor response (nearly 45,000 people from every state in the country and numerous foreign countries) reflects a love and appreciation of the masterpieces in our renowned collection. I’m certain, too, that visitors are very impressed with the presentation of our art work which you helped so immeasurably.

On behalf of our Director of Curatorial Affairs Gary Hood, I wanted to tell you how impressed I was with the quality of your work; the collection looks magnificent. I have also been impressed with your highly-professional standards, your respect for the art itself and for the best ways to mount and frame it.

You were a pleasure to work with because of your respect for the art, your understanding of our extraordinary pre-opening pressures and deadlines, and your never-failing standards and good humor.

I know Gary and you are making plans to work together again. Your good work continues to be an enhancement to the great works we’re so proud to display for audiences from around the world.
Mort Walker, Chairman
International Museum of Cartoon Art


Original Letter

To: Dr. Kenworth Moffett
Director
Museum of Art
One East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

As you will remember, I called you in my search to find a first rate conservator to work on some 50 watercolor and monochromatic drawings that my Father executed during his Rotch Fellowhsip years. They had been badly framed with inferior materials and were badly in need of help.

Considerable research led me to Mr. George Schwartz who practices in Boca Raton. He has been working on the collection for approximately a month now. I have found that his scholarship to be first rate, his scientific knowledge and skills of the highest professional level. Added to this, George has real enthusiasm for his work and the subject matter. His work has been done on a timely basis and I have found that his charges to be extremely fair. I would underscore that he is most agreeable and easy to work with.

Should the Museum have need of a conservator or should you need a name to recommend to members who might make inquiry, I can strongly recommend Mr. Schwartz.I have attached a copy of his resume for your information.

Edward D. Stone, Jr., FASLA


Original Letter

To: Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
1717 K St. NW
Suite 301
Washington, DC 20006

I am writing to extol the talents of George Schwartz of ConservArt in Boca Raton, FL.

My wife and I were devastated a few months ago when a large ancestral portrait from my wife’s family fell from the wall and sustained severe damage. The glass that had covered it was shattered and the picture was ripped right through in several plces. We were afraid there was no hope, particularly as this 1875 portrait had been done not in oil paints, but in pastels.

Then we found Mr. Schwartz. He assured us that he could help, describing in some detail the meticulous steps required, and we left our picture in his hands. Some weeks later we returned to witness a minor miracle. Mr. Schwartz had repaired the tears in the fragile paper backing and restored the surface so masterfully that the former damage is now invisible. I can’t say enough about George Schwartz’ talent, sensitivity and skill. My wife and I are thrilled to have her ancestor back with us, looking as good as ever. We recommend Mr. Schwartz unhesitatingly. His expertise speaks for itself.

Mr. Alan Varner


Original Letter

Thank you for the excellent restoration work you performed on various oil paintings in my collection, especially the J.G. Brown oil painting you recently restored.

As you know, the J.G. Brown was in terrible condition (I had recently purchased it an an auction) but your persistence, professional skills and sincere dedication turned this painting into what J.G. Brown originally created.

Conservation of oil paintings is indeed an art and you are a master! Congratulations on work well done.

Jerry D. Luptak
Evans & Luptak, P.L.C.


Original Letter

I think you named your company wrong, the word “Magic” would be in your name, because it is what you do. As you know we purchased the rights to Olaf Wieghort’s works before he died. The print of Navajo Madonna was sold out before we bought the rights and that $40 print had soared to $12,000.

I bought one of the prints, framed by the publisher, Frame House Gallery, and couldn’t believe they had framed it with a piece of cardboard with a Logo touching the back of the print. I was about to burn it when I head about you in August of 1995. You used your Magic and restored that print to pristine condition. I was able to sell it as perfect.

In March of 1997, you used your Magic to restore one of his early Oils done while he was still in New York City. Again your work made it possible to sell the piece.

When I brought you the damaged print Navajo Madonna in November, 1998, I didn’t believe it possible to restore it. Again your special Magic made it look like it had just been printed, and I know I can sell it for a great price.

I just wanted you to know how I value your efforts, and appreciate what you have done for my business. I hope I will not suffer any more bad luck with art pieces, but I feel you will be able to cope with whatever may happen. Thank you so much.

D.O. Neslund


Original Letter

Dear George:I want to express my deep appreciation and thanks for the superb job you did on restoring the “Matterhorn” antique painting by H. McLachlan, R.A., 1889. Now that I put it back in its total frame, and with light, it looks beautiful.

Dr. Edward G. Nawy, D.Eng., P.E.


Original Letter

March 15, 2007

Dear Mr. Schwartz:

Over the years, your company has handled some high-end antique art work for our customers, from ruby inlaid alligators to 17th century mirrors. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your professionalism, in both your work and the way you handle the customers, who can sometimes be difficult when emotions are running high.

Please feel free to use me as a reference anytime.

Scott Cox, Director of Loss Control, Bohren’s


Original Letter

Dear Mr. Schwartz:

It is unconscionable on my part that I even dared bring you one more “piece” to be framed without thanking you for everything you have already framed for me.

I spent this last weekend immersed in some major spring cleaning. As I was cleaning and polishing and windexing, I started to count everything you have framed for me. TWELVE!! Yes, twelve pieces of art ranging from the serious and valuable to the totally whimsical and personal. What had never been framed, you made brilliant. What was old and treasured became new again.

You are truly gifted in your ability to bring out the best in each individual piece. You have an incredible eye for what works and what is going to highlight it. As you always say, “frame the art,” not what surrounds it. That must explain the reason why each time I pick up something and bring it home, a whole new rotation process begins. Everything shifts a bit and new groupings take place, but it all ALWAYS works because the piece was framed for itself and not the color of the couch or the walls.

The end result is without exception remarkable. You have always graciously offered to have me bring back anything that did not work or that I did not like. That has never been the case, but thank you for the offer.

Anne Baldwin


Original Letter

We wanted to write you to tell how pleased we were with the restoration of our two Brisson works. As you may recall they were badly damaged and we placed them into your care. Your restoration far exceeded our expectations. We are very happy that we allowed you to pick the framing as it really complimented the two pieces. Thank you for your beautiful work.

Art and Georgie Levine


Original Letter

Dear George,

I apologize for waiting so long to officially thank you for the wonderful work you did on the Raphael Soyer drawing and the Howard Chandler Christy painting in our permanent collection. I wanted to wait and mail this letter along with the article we wrote about the Soyer in our latest artworks member’s magazine.

When I brought the two works of art back from your studio, I immediately showed them to George Bolge, our Executive Director, and Wendy Blazier, our Senior Curator. They were amazed at how much more vibrant the Christy painting was. We all agreed that this is how it must have looked back in 1947 when it was first completed. Also, the repaired Soyer drawing with the beautiful new mat and frame went into the galleries that week.

On behalf of the Boca Raton Museum of Art I sincerely thank you for the work you did on these two important works of art. We are lucky to have such talented conservation professionals as you and your staff so close to the Museum.

Mr. Martin Hanahan, Registrar
Boca Raton Museum of Art


Original Letter

Dear Mr. Schwartz:

We recently had 5 pieces of art reframed at your store. One piece in particular needed extensive restoration work. All pieces were redesigned beautifully in framing to accent the quality of the artists. The restoration piece is truly remarkable in what you were able to achieve in the quality and valuable art form restored.

We are new to the community and luckily found your store and services. You and your staff were very informative and helpful. The time and patience you gave us was remarkable. We appreciate your kindness and warm atmosphere.

Our art work is beautiful and looks fabulous in our new home. We thank you for helping with this project and for the outstanding workmanship.

Gary & Rose Weiss