Our history

In 1989 Newmans, Ltd began with our first specialty, metal objects, and rapidly expanded to Non-Western ethnographic objects of mixed materials and to marble and stone busts and other statuary. Our projects range from small, delicate bronze statuary and unusual metal objects to large institutional installations.

Balancing Intervention with Judgement

We develop our plan for an artwork’s restoration in collaboration with the work’s owner, by discussing – in clear terms – the work’s historical context, the maker’s original intent, the piece’s present condition, and the pros and cons of our work options. Then we make a proposal with a fixed price for the work we’ve agreed upon with the option of photographic and text documentation of various levels.

Photography and texts

The images and texts on this site are the work of Howard Newman. If you are interested in Howard photographing and writing about your collection, please contact Howard through this site.

We hope you enjoy looking through our work, and will contact us with your own restoration challenges.

Marble busts and Statuary
Marble Busts and Statuary
Newport Mansions: Chinese Ostrich egg containers; repair of silver non-western art objects
Ethnic Art Objects
Before: A Balinese Kris Ceremonial Sword made of steel, brass, ivory, wood, and semi-precious stones
Mixed Materials Restorations
A parcel gilt bronze figurine of a dancing girl
Bronze Sculptures and Statues
Rosenberger Medal for Brown University-a sand cast N from Gorham.
Restorations of Bronze Plaques
Both candelabra rebuilt and ready to be used.
Restoration of Candelabra
St. George's Peaslee Cross During Treatment. Made of silver, gold plate, brass, wood, oil paint, lead.
Restorations of Churches
Touro Synagogue: Reinstallation of the central brass chandelier.
Synagogue Restorations
Historical photograph of the 19th century horse trough from the Newport Historical Society
Restoration of Fountains
Tea & Coffee Service; Art Deco Chrome & Celluloid, coffee and creamer.
Hollowware Restorations
Iron and Steel Restoration
Servers after restoration.
Restoration of Plated Objects
Silver Basket, Nineteenth Century
Restoration of Silver Objects
Antique Weapons Restoration
Repair of Zinc, Pewter, Spelter and Lead Sculpture and Statues
Zinc, Pewter, Spelter and Lead Sculpture and Statues
Restored Historical Mechanisms
Restored Historical Mechanisms

 

 

The Jugendstil Lamp complete
Restored Historical Lighting