Kerat in word & image

Polychromed sculpture for the Mary chapel of Kerselare.

Frederik Cnockaert has polychromed a replica of the Mary statue of Kerselare. This sculpture is an important witness for the centuries-old devotion of Mother Mary in this place of pilgrimage. The sculpture is a replica (copy) of the original gothic statue, which is in devotion in the chapel of Kerselare for many centuries. We see Mary holding the lying child christ, wrapped in a cloth. This statue is revered as a miraculous relic, because the chapel burned down completely in 1455 and only this statue survived this disaster. This replica is now manufactured for the pilgrims so that the original can be kept in a safe.

Restoration of a sculpture of the Virgin Mary for the church of Dompierre sur Helpe France

The polychrome sculpture of the Virgin and Child has been lovingly restored by us. The purpose of the latter was to give an acceptable aesthetic appearance to the statue without giving it the appearance of new. Especially the cleaning of the carnations showed polychromy. This religious sculpture in polychrome plaster presents the Madonna. It is a recurring theme in religious sculpture, referring to the Nativity of Christ and the maternity of the Virgin Mary. You can contact us if you have a sculpture which you wish to entrust to us the restoration as we did for this church.

OPEN HOUSE in art studio Kerat. Discover a masterpiece in restoration with top art expert Frederik Cnockaert

Art restorer Frederik Cnockaert lives in a smal flemish village 'Wervik'. Situated in the flat country of West Flanders in Belgium, Jacques Brel’s “plat pays”. Every first Sunday of the month, art studio kerat invites you to his studio from 10.00 am – 12 pm and 15.00 pm to 17.30 pm. Demonstration of the restoration of artworks, with a focus on paintings and sculptures. You are kindly invited when you have a restoration work for me or want to commission of a painting ! Download here film about Kerat Art & Antiques Expert  See here a sample movie bekijk hier deel1 uit tv-serie topservice  deel 2deel 3 , deel 4DOWNLOAD LEAFLET

Picture frame restoration and conservation services

With over 30 years' experience we provide a bespoke, conservation picture framing and restoration service based on the highest standards of craftsmanship and materials, expert knowledge and personal customer service. Conservation of polychrome frames and wooden sculptures. Our restoration services give new life to your antique picture frame. Old picture frames frequently need cleaning, repair of broken pieces, conservation and restoration of original gilded surfaces; re-gilding and antiquing; joining and re-inforcing damaged corners. We offer a restoration service for period and contemporary frames. Fragile ornate and gilded frames can be fully consolidated, repaired and re-gilded. Modern gilding/paint finishes also repaired.


Frederik Cnockaert chief restorer of art Studio Kerat restored with his studio all the paintings for the church of Parike Brakel

We are proud to say that all the art works in the Lambertus Church are restored by the art conservators studio Kerat from Wervik in Flanders. The painting of Assumption of Mary by Gaspar de Craeyer was the most important painting in this church.

Fake or Fortune antique roadshow ' ritcher than you think ' took a visit to art studio of kerat for expertise of a painting.

Frederik Cnockaert as top art expert was asked for his expertise by dutch television VTM to examine live on tv , a painting for  download film here , Fake and Fortune antique roadshow. You can say that this show is the equivalent of Salvage Hunters the restorer on the BBC. See here audio part 1 , mp4 audio part 2

Frederik Cnockaert is chosen to be present in the art and crafts book of high quality master artisans.

"Manufactum" places our restoration Artist studio Kerat in the spotlight. The authors discribe the work of top restorer Frederik Cnockaert as Belgian high - end Craftmanship. Mastership. The book places artisans crafts people in the spotlight the " Masters in handcraft ". Preservation and conservation of old and new paintings, canvas, paper or panel. Polychrome wood statues, stone sculpture carriers. Surprising stories of craftsmen behind the companie, having a passion for their trade. About what drove them to practice a certain craft, and  the skills needed, about the trade itself. But also about their materials or tools. download pdf here

WORK ON COMMISSION. The legend that conquers from wheelie to horsie, a painted creation.

Frederik Cnockaert made this unique painting in comission for KBK. Instead his usual trick of doing a wheelie on his bike, Sagan is depicted riding a horse that is rearing up while pointing his finger towards the sky in a manner simular to Bonaparte in J.L. David's "Napoleon Crossing the Alps". However instead of showing the Alpine scenery and the french army marching up the Col du Grand St-Bernard. Sagan is shown riding his horse in the cobbles of a Flemish village with fans cheering him on. See powerpoint here. Frederik paints this world, not without irony and with baroque means. When a painting is done on commission, both the subject and the format can be selected and executed with great care. The works are built up meticulously layer upon layer. The consultation between the artist and patron will result in a unique and personalized work of art. If you want a 'master-piece', contact me by email for all questions

Renovation of the art works in the church Assumption of the Holy Mary Zutendaal.

We restored  the sculptures, paintings on canvas, murals and decorative walpaintings in the church of Zutendaal. We provided a full service of treatments for paintings, including cleaning (surface cleaning, varnish and overpaint removal), consolidation of flaking paint, tear mending, lining, retouching and varnishing. Works on wooden supports (panels)and murals is also undertaken. Scientific analysis was carried out when required or commissioned as is preparation for loans and courier work. All paintings are returned with written and photographic records of their treatments. The conservation and restoration of frames, adapting frames for glazing and backboarding and reproduction framing are also undertaken.

The KERAT art studio was interviewed by the flemish national tv for ter zake news.

The American Getty Institute is paying for a Dutch research of the famous "Lam Gods" by the Van Eyck brothers. As a result, F. Cnockaert was interviewed in ‘Terzake’ in VRT-Canvas . They talked about the neglect of the Flemish art heritage, the lack of resources for researching artworks and the undervalued role of the conservators and restaurators in our country. Here you van see Ter zake

Art Studio Kerat restored MEULEBEEKS MOURNING BOARD.

The mourning board of the noble family 'de Lens' is back in the Sint Amandus church in Meulebeke. The mourning board, also known as an Obiit, refers to Count Robert de Lens (1738-1818). Since 1792, this count stayed in the former castle of Meulebeke during every summer. "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

We made a replica painting for the Ravenhof Castle Museum of Torhout.

Frederik provided a new painting after a stolen old painting in the Ravenhof Castle. This work was commissioned by the city of Torhout. This Museum is whoused in the walled castle Ravenhof, inside of a spellbinding English country garden. It's ideal location makes it a symbol of Torhout’s history. Still decked with authentic furniture and wall hangings, the castle houses the town Guild Hall where the centuries-long kept prize earthenware of the Saint Sebastian Crossbow Guild (founded in 1384) is displayed. See here a trailer from focus tv during the working.  Frederik has a technique for ensuring a copy will never be passed off as a genuine painting. If you have inherited a painting which another family member would like then Frederik may be able to replicate the original.  He has successfully produced convincing ‘doubles’ for clients in the past. See here trailer on Tv1.castle ravenhof renovation

Official certification ‘acknowledged craft' for KERAT Fine Art Restoration studio

We received the official certification ‘Acknowledged Craft’ by the Belgian government. A nice recognition that makes us very proud ! We work from consultation, thats the first step in the process is to view the artworks preferably in the studio with the clients present. If that's not possible photos can be emailed or uploaded. If circumstances demand, an on-site consultation can be scheduled. There is never a fee for an in-studio consultation, examination, or proposal.  Then there is the EXAMINATION ; Once received a full examination of the artworks will be performed. This will include assessing the condition of the artworks and testing of the materials that will guide the conservation process. Establishing a comprehensive understanding of each artwork is necessary as no two are the same and all techniques and materials are tailored to the artwork. Next there is the PROPOSAL; Once the examination is complete a conservation proposal will be assembled and sent to the client. The proposal will outline all the work that needs to be completed to address any issues that may be found during the examination. The proposal will contain a time line and price. At no point will the price ever change; what is quoted is firm and will never increase midway through the process regardless of any complications. WORK; Pending review and approval of the proposal work will begin. Some artworks may be completed in as little as one week while others may require several weeks due to the complex nature of the conservation issues at play. Specific time lines and completion dates can be accommodated if so required.

Commission a painting ! You could treat yourself, or delight your friends and relatives in a most original way.

Commission a portrait. You could treat yourself, or delight your friends and relatives in a most original way. Using photographs, Frederik Cnockaert paints either single portraits, or group portraits, made from single or multiple photographs, in a format agreed with the client.

ARTS & CRAFTS heritage open door day in art studio kerat

Exceptionally my art crafts studio kerat is free for visit every first sunday of the month. I expose some artwork in restoration, work that is intended for future generations. From 10.00h  to 12.00 pm and 15.00 tot 17.30h . The monts afterworths each first sunday of the month, Kerat participates in the Arts & Crafts Heritage day. Visit our studio and discover the world of art and restoration. A feeling for art is as much a feeling for history as it is a feeling for beauty.  We show paintings and statues that are in restoration proces. See here a sample movie bekijk hier deel1 uit tv-serie topservice  deel 2deel 3 , deel 4. HOW DO YOU DO.... ?