ECR Antique Conservation & Restoration Inc. was established in 1989. Professor Eli Rios, Owner and Principal Conservator, has amassed more than 30 years of experience and is considered one of the country’s leading experts in fine antique conservation and restoration. With clients, ranging from the Keno Brothers to Martha Stewart to Sotheby’s and Christie’s Auction Houses and Private Collectors’. Professor Rios is an expert in a vast array of historic materials and conservative and restorative techniques.
Recently five reputable New York antique dealers closed, all of which relied on ECR Restoration to revive and care for their furniture. Those services are still available to you. Over many years ECR developed a matchless reputation for understanding and restoring everything from mirrors and chairs to tables and tea caddies. Follow long-time antique dealers, decorators, and museums to a quality conservation service. Trust your historic or modern pieces to master craftsmen for proper cleaning, mending, and polishing. Use a company that appreciates the beauty of wood and the preciousness of family pieces.
We specialize in making exact duplicates of carved and/or complex chairs, tables, mirrors including mirrors hand rubbed surface finish and wax patina.
Experts in the traditional art of hand-rubbed shellac finishing including French, English and American polishing methods.
Safe cleaning techniques are used to preserve the original patina. We recondition existing finishes. From bleached finishes to veneered pieces to cleaning painted surfaces.
Expert and experienced in both water and oil gilding conservation and patination. We also perform specialty gilding such as Verre Eglomise (gilding on glass), and gilding on ceramic.
Watch a How-To Finishing Video
Professor Eli Rios along with Martha Stewart demonstrates proper cleaning, polishing and waxing of a period Pembrooke Table.
Watch a How-To Furniture Repair Video
B. Smith is an apprentice for a day as Eli comes to the rescue and solves common everyday furniture problems.
The Franklin Report
“On staff are gilders, French polishers, a japanner and carver with refined chairmaking skills, and a metalworker who does extensive boulle work, lock and key repair, and metal inlay. With so much talent around, It’s no surprise that quality is near the top of the pyramid.”
–The Franklin Report, New York City- Fifth Edition, p. 234
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I had three Eames chairs repaired by Eli Rios. The chairs are now beautiful. I highly recommend him. His knowledge and skill with antiques has no equal. He is a true master of antique restoration.
Mr. Rios and his team are masters of their craft. His depth of knowledge of the types of wood and their characteristics is astounding. His appreciation for the history of furniture and design is equally profound. He is an artist and scientist with an deep aesthetic sense.
Eli Rios has done at least seven or eight jobs for me over the years. Each and every time his results have far exceeded my expectations. A superb craftsman who is also thoughtful of his employees as well as his clients.
Mr Rios and his team have worked on many pieces of my antique furniture, always to my total delight. His knowledge and skill seems endless. He is a true conservator, and he has educated me to understand and appreciate the difference. I trust him completely to do the right thing for my pieces, and I always look forward to giving him a new piece to work on because I know he will return it in a condition
that will exceed my hopes and expectations.
There is just no one better than him in his field, and I pray he never retires.
Jessica R. Gushin
you’re wonderful 5 stars!
Eli is a miracle worker. He can copy anything and/or turn any random piece into a masterpiece! Have used him for 24+ years. The best in the business!!!
Mr. Rios and his crew of master craftsmen have taken extraordinary care of my antique furniture over many years and have brought many pieces back to their original beauty. I agree totally with previous reviewers.