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Generations of Excellence
The Klein family studio was founded by Johann Ludwick Klein near Dresden,
Germany in 1786. Johann had developed methods and techniques for repairing
damaged porcelains from the nearby Meissen Factory. These skills were passed
down from father to son, each generation adding new techniques to the knowledge
of the last. In the early 1900's, A. Ludwig Klein brought the family firm
to the United States and settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. William
Karl Klein, author of Repairing and Restoring China and Glass: The Klein
Method (Harper and Row, 1962), relocated the studio to Harleysville, Pennsylvania
in the early 1970's. Byron Grant Klein is now the sixth generation to head
the family corporation. Under Byron's management, the firm has grown by
employing the foremost artists in the field and expanding into the restoration
of more diverse articles.
With over 200 years in the restoration/conservation field, A. Ludwig
Klein and Son, Inc. has earned the reputation as one of the finest restoration
firms in the world. Realizing that each project provides its own unique
challenges and solutions, The Studio matches each method and procedure
to the client's needs and the particular requirements of the project.
A. Ludwig Klein and Son, Inc. uses the finest materials and techniques,
as well as employing the most highly respected artists in their field.
The firm's vast experience, along with its commitment to superlative workmanship
down to the most minute detail, and utilization of only the premium quality
restoration/conservation materials, allows the firm to warrant and guarantee
all of their workmanship.
A. Ludwig Klein and Son, Inc. has worked for private collectors, museums,
churches, and historical societies. Local, state and federal government
agencies have also benefited from our services. The Klein Studio is highly
recommended by many national and international collectors societies.
A. Ludwig Klein and Son, Inc. has extensive experience dealing with
insurance companies offering appraisals, estimates, and damage reports.
Whether the family pet broke an item or an entire collection was
lost to a catastrophe, you can depend on us for unsurpassed quality and
a prompt resolution of your damage claim. Our free estimates allow moving
and storage companies, transport firms, and parcel delivery services to
quickly process your request for damage compensation.
Ludwig Klein and Son, Inc. renders the following services:
Collector Quality Restoration Dealer Quality Restoration
Free Consultation: The artists work with the client to determine
the subject's needs and address any concerns.
Free Estimate: An itemized estimate of cost including approximate
restoration time, materials, and labor.
Appraisal: Accredited member of the International Society
of Appraisers. Descriptive written appraisals, with references, on approximate
value of the art for insurance concerns.
Research: A fully documented history and origin of a piece
including artistic, historical and cultural significance.
Cleaning: Professional cleansing with the use of chemical,
steam, or pressurized cleaners for the removal of airborne contaminants,
previous repair materials, corrosion, dirt, fire, and smoke damages, including
Conservation: Steps are taken to preserve a piece using only
original parts and materials.
Restoration: Methods to restore a piece to its original appearance.
This includes the replacement of missing parts, and repair of structural
defects. A Ludwig Klein and Son, Inc. offers the following four levels
of restoration that range from the basic repair of the broken areas, to
a complete restoration of the piece, with all repairs being completely
Gallery Quality Restoration Museum Quality Restoration
1. Save all of the pieces! Wrap large pieces in foam or bubble pack,
place smaller pieces in a seal able envelope or container.
2. Carefully pack your piece(s) in a sturdy new box. Surround the piece(s)
with foam packing chips or crumbled newspaper. Seal this inner box.
3. Place inner box into a larger box, surround with foam packing chips.
4. Enclose a letter with your name, address, area code and phone number.
Detail all areas of damage to the piece.
5. Label the box in large letters: "GLASS-DO NOT DROP" and "FRAGILE".
6. Ship via UPS or Federal Express. Insure for a minimum of $1,000
or the known value of the piece.
7. Within 5 working days of our receipt of your package, we will mail
to you a detailed written estimate of damages, cost, and restoration options.
The Studios of A. Ludwig Klein and Son, Inc. are located on PA. Route 63
in Harleysville, PA., just 6 miles from the Northeast Extension of the
Pennsylvania Turnpike. For further directions please feel free to contact
If you plan to be in the Philadelphia/New York area, we invite you
to arrange an appointment to discuss your restoration needs and view the
Klein family gallery.
A. Ludwig Klein and Son, Inc.
P.O. Box 145 Rt. 63
Harleysville, PA. 19438 USA
Click on the map above for directions.
"Quality. There is hardly anything in the world that some men cannot
make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider
price only are this mans lawful prey."
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