Properly caring for those treasures, old and new, which enrich our cultural heritage can help to preserve cherished memories of people, places and past celebrations. Averting and overcoming the attacks of time and environment has become an exacting art and a science of constantly advancing precision. It demands not only knowledge, skill and sensitivity, but materials produced with meticulous care, to rigorous standards.
The entire team at J.Scheer & Co. is dedicated to the complex art of conservation cleaning and preservation of fine textiles. Our clients benefit from our vast experience in working with museum professionals and from our on-going training in conservation science, both of which continue to inform us as we apply the most rigorous standards to private client work entrusted to our care.
We accept full responsibility for every object in our care. Whether we are restoring and preserving a family heirloom, an historic museum textile or one of our brides' gowns, we endeavor to earn the trust of every client and to provide a unique service that safely enhances their most valued possessions.
“We are incredibly pleased with the level of professionalism and expertise that J. Scheer & Co. has proven time and time again. They are truly the best for cleaning and preservation in the industry, and we trust them exclusively with our gowns.”
Founded in 1988 with museum clients as its core constituency, the company began as a consulting firm with proven expertise in the area of conservation cleaning of historic textiles. Caring for fine garments since 1995, both the Couture and Wedding Gown Preservation divisions have grown substantially as a result of referrals from museum professionals, fashion houses, couture bridal salons and our own clients. Today the Wedding Gown Preservation division is responsible for the care of several thousand dresses annually.
Jonathan Scheer is the president and CEO of J. Scheer & Co., a firm specializing in conservation cleaning and preservation of wedding gowns, modern couture, and historic costume. Mr. Scheer has studied conservation science and care of museum collections at the Smithsonian Institution's Conservation Analytical Laboratory, the Art Institute of Chicago, and The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation. He is a graduate of Union College where he was awarded a B.A. in history.
He has contributed his expertise in conservation cleaning treatments to textile collections exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Musee des arts decoratifs at the Louvre in Paris and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. He co-authored a paper on conservation cleaning treatments with Kathleen Kiefer, Visiting Textile Conservator at the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, which was presented at the North American Textile Conservation Conference in March of 2000 and published in the conference journal. He has been guest lecturer at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has served as conservation cleaning consultant to the conservation staff at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Tapestry Conservation Laboratory at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and The Museum of the City of New York. His firm’s services are recommended by fine couture and bridal salons throughout the country. He is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, the Costume Society of America, Fashion Group International, and The Bridal Council.
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
We are pleased to offer brides and private collectors of couture the same professional care we provide to costume curators, conservators, and bridal specialists.
We are pleased to have offered our professional services to the following:
Andy Warhol Museum | American Textile History Museum | Biltmore Estate | Carnegie Museums | Cathedral of St. John the Divine | Josef and Anni Albers Foundation | Museum of the City of New York | The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art | The Museum at FIT | U.S.S. Curtiss Museum
We are honored to be the recommended wedding gown preservationists of the following:
Amsale | Anne Barge | Carol Hannah | Carolina Herrera | Elizabeth Fillmore | Galia Lahav | Hayley Paige | Heidi Elnora | Ines Di Santo | Lazaro | The Mark Ingram Collection | Mira Zwillinger | Monique Lhuillier | Naeem Khan | Oscar de la Renta | Peter Langner | Pronovias | Reem Acra | Romona Keveza | Ryan and Walter | Sareh Nouri | Vera Wang