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Do you have any before-after pictures?

Picture before and after

- You have to see three-dimensional wood Antique

- Historical elegance of the period

- Differences French polish and English polish

- Feeling texture class

- Microscopic element of the whole game overall appearance of the Antique


Is it Restoration or Conservation?

Following up on last month’s article I thought I would delve into the restoration and conservation issue. To begin, one should understand that there is a difference between restoration and conservation ... at least that is what I have been told!

Restoration refers to taking something (painting, furniture, silver, mom’s fine china, etc.) and returning it to the way it looked when it was created. For example: if a painting were flaking (paint actually falling off the canvas) one would correct the problem that caused the flaking and then fix the damaged areas so that they looked as good as new.

Conservation refers to taking a damaged work and preventing any additional damage from happening (in the case of mom’s fine china … keeping it away from the children!). But seriously, in the same example (a work of art where the paint is flaking) a conservator would also correct the problem that caused the paint to flake, and then might just leave the work, as is … or if they did fix the damages, those areas might still be visible.

Now that we have established the difference, who cares? Very few people do … in the real world these words are used interchangeably and most people would rather look at something that was restored than something that was just conserved! However, now you are armed with a little more information … but like mom always said… ‘A little information can be dangerous’ (and if you only listened to her about the china!). As you will soon see, in reality there may be very little difference between the restoration and conservation processes and, if needed and done correctly, either will greatly benefit your artwork.

Once you have determined that your work of art needs some care, there is only one thing you should do.... consult a professional. The restoration/conservation of a work of art is a very delicate procedure and should only be attempted by an expert. I also believe that as the current owner of any work of art, you are its caretaker and it is your responsibility to preserve it for the benefit of future generations … remember, you are caring for a piece of history.

Hi, I have been collecting furniture and would love to learn how to restore them back to their original form. Can you recommend classes that are available in New York City, preferably night classes?Many thanks! Kim

I'll be glad to teach you.

For the first times I recommend 2-4 hours a week .