European Carved Four Poster 16th century Bed, after conservation. Dutchman inlays necessary due to powder-post beetle infestation damage. The infestation was terminated by anoxic treatment in carbon dioxide gas. The means of accomplishing conservation is important. Inappropriate work can damage and compromise strength or aesthetics. They respect the integrity of antiques and understand the importance of maintaining the original design. Client objectives vary, many will want more restoration work than just stabilization through conservation.
A thorough discussion of condition, usage, and goals for each piece is important to attain the expected conservation or restoration results. Our European craftsmen are attentive to client needs, and have high standards for conservation work. Our work is done inconspicuously, materials are kept consistent.
Standards for reversibility are discussed with the client and identified at the outset. Our mission is to conserve or restore, to the level where a stranger cannot tell that conservation, or restoration was done. Dutchman inlays are done consistent with the original joinery and construction. Infestations may be eliminated rapidly by traditionally used methylene bromide gas, or by the slow-working, non-polluting anoxic treatment with high concentration of carbon dioxide gas in a tent for a month.
The use of carbon dioxide is a green treatment that does not use ozone-damaging methylene bromide, and is the recommended treatment method although modern fumigation processes do re-cycle methylene bromide and avoid atmospheric release. We inventory period glass in larger sizes than manufactured or distributed by any Restoration Glass companies. We can quickly furnish replacement glass appropriate to any period. We fabricate forms and can fabricate three dimensional sheets of period glass to match. For Kittinger Breakfront, glass baked in kiln to achieve 3D shape.
Pietre Dure, or Stone Veneer Pietre Dure can develop problems with the cement holding the stone veneers to the stone substrate.
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In this case a recently made slate table base was veneered with floral stone veneers. The cement was unstable, and over 15 years the pietre dure veneers loosened. We had to lift the loose veneer out of the top, reattach the loose stone veneers, and replace the missing decoratively colored cement to match the original, adjacent colored cement, and grind, hone, and polish the table top.
Sort by Rating Price. Bring your own upholstery project course. Greater Manchester - Next course on 15th July Simion will provide you with all the advice and tools you need to give your piece of furniture, a new lease of life.
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Whether it is an Ercol chair, an armchair, a cocktail chair or even a footstool, you are guaranteed to create something This one day beginners course at our Cotswold workshop is designed to give the student the fundamental basics of French polishing and woodcare and to give them a hands on day leaving them with the vital practical skills needed to refinish furniture.
Each student will work on a small or medium piece of their choice allowing them to go through the full process within one or two working days. The smaller piece being for the At Craven Conservation, join a one day furniture restoration course which is flexible to meet the needs of students. We can tailor the course for total beginners to more experienced students. You can learn a new skill, meet new people and relax by doing something different from your day job. We have facilities for all aspects of furniture restoration and decorative arts.
This includes subjects like general restoration, cabinetmaking, upholstery, surface finishing, woodturning, marquetry and Cheshire - Next course on 19th July Come along to one of our one day 10am to 3pm fun and friendly workshops at Grappenhall Community Centre, Warrington.
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Any fixer-up tasks accomplished on a piece like that should be left to a professional who works with high-end antique furniture. A museum curator in your area can probably point you in the right direction to find someone who does this type of work locally.
If it turns out that the piece isn't a rare antique, it's still better to take the path of least resistance when possible. If that dirty dresser has held together pretty well over time, try just cleaning out any accumulated debris and giving it a good dusting. Sometimes a once-over cleaning and a little glue to hold the joints together securely will do a world of good.
When that's still not enough, figure out just how much restoration to the finish and components will be necessary to make it presentable. That's because it's always better to restore a piece to its original state if you can, rather than totally changing it or simply patching it up haphazardly. There are exceptions, of course.