Holbrook & Hawes LLC has been incorporated since 2005, providing conservation and support services to private and institutional clients in the greater New England area. We specialize in the treatment of period furniture and the restoration of gilded picture frames. We also handle decorative objects in all media (glass, ceramic, wood, archaeological artifacts, ethnographic art, and outdoor sculpture). We provide custom-built mounts and framing solutions. We hold professional associate membership in the American Institute for Conservation and abide by their code of ethics in all art treatments.


Susan Holbrook studied art and archeology at Yale University and holds an M.A. in the Conservation of Historic Objects from the University of Durham, U.K. She has 20 years experience in the field, including object conservator positions at the Yale University Art Gallery, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, and the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University.


Mark Hawes studied applied sciences at Leicester University and holds an M.S. in Engineering from the University of Durham, U.K. He brings his engineering design and construction skills to art conservation. He has been employed by the Indiana State Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Oldfields National Historic Landmark. He is museum-trained in art handling, the packing and crating of art and has 15 years of experience working on conservation projects.


Our institutional clients include:

Yale University Art Gallery

Center for British Art at Yale

Yale Beinecke Library

Yale Walpole Library

Yale University President’s House

The Elizabethan Club, New Haven

Knights of Columbus Museum

Slater Museum, Norwich

Wesleyan University

Mattatuck Museum

Norwich City Hall

Sikorsky Corporation

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Norwich

Wadsworth Mansion, Middletown

Lockwood Mathews Mansion, Norwalk

State of Connecticut Public Arts Program

Town of Westport