Restoration and conservation of fine antique furniture requires,
among other specialized skills, an in-depth
knowledge of the joinery and finishes utilized for each period.
and at times, custom tools are required to properly restore veneers, marquetry,
gildings and boulles.
utilize stripping compounds specifically blended to match the finish of your
piece. Under no circumstance is your piece "dipped", a practice
of many firms that claim to undertake restoration work.
"Dipping" is a "fast and dirty" method of finish removal,
unfortunately, dipping causes eventual disintegration of adhesives resulting
in broken joinery, loose or split veneer and loss of inlays.
our shop, each stripping compound is applied by hand, the old finish gently
washed away and a neutralizing compound applied, which neutralizing compound
assures protection of the wood, veneers and inlays and of the new finish per
Your piece is then closely inspected for defects in the
wood, veneers and inlays, which defects (with your permission) are then
repaired using a variety of techniques, or, replaced. Often crowns and cornices
become damaged beyond repair; replacement is necessitated. Our shop has
over 600 antique hand planers, some dating to the 16th century which we
utilize so as to assure exact replication of each molding.
should emphasize that under no circumstance is any "modification"
to your piece undertaken absent your consultation and approval! You are
"involved" in the restoration process from beginning to end.
joinery is then inspected and repaired as necessary.
hand finishing and finish restoration, including French polishing
As you can see, restoration of fine
antiques calls upon techniques, knowledge and skills that differ vastly from
the common furniture repair shop.
Protection of the antiquarian
value of your piece is of paramount importance to our personnel.
Work-in-progress; 19th Century Oak Secretary. (Click to Enlarge)
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techniques, our vast historical furniture reference library guarantees a piece
that is the perfect replication, to the finest detail including carvings,
inlays and period glass. As mentioned in the preceding section our collection
of 17th, 18th and 19th carpentry tools guarantees that true period appearance.
Yes, we can actually "age" the piece to fool your most
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