Oakstreet Art Conservation
Based mid-Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakstreet Art Conservation provides world-class art conservation and restoration services specializing in 3-dimensional decorative arts, with emphasis on furniture, wooden objects, and Asian lacquer. The studio has experience treating a wide variety of materials, including ceramics, glass, decorative metals and stones, wood, animal-based materials (ivory, coral, turtle-shell, mother-of-pearl, bone, leather), gilding, and painted and varnished surfaces.
Oakstreet primarily serves West Coast private collectors, institutions, art dealers, and auction houses. The company is owned by Catherine Coueignoux, who has over 20 years of experience working, doing research, and teaching in museums and private labs in the US, Europe, and Asia.
In addition to treatment, services provided include collections care and surveys; condition reports; sampling; and installation, exhibition, and transport support. Oakstreet also undertakes consultancy and teaching projects, which have included work sponsored by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) in the Forbidden City, Beijing; and by the Foundation for the American Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) on the East Coast.
All treatments are carried out in accordance with the American Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice.
Catherine earned a Masters of Science through the Winterthur-University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation in 2007, with a specialization in furniture. The Winterthur Museum houses one of the country's deepest collections of American decorative arts. She also has a diploma in ébénisterie (cabinetmaking) and marquetry from the Ecole Boulle, a prestigious arts and design school in Paris. Catherine earned a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College with a major in art history.
After seven years as a Furniture Conservator at the world-renowned Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Catherine moved to the Bay Area, where she served as Associate Objects Conservator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) for three years before deciding to go into private practice full-time. Catherine is a peer-reviewed Professional Associate of the AIC and served as President of the Western Association for Art Conservation (WAAC).