Period Restoration & Conservation
We use traditional methods and materials for authentic restoration that does not decrease value of objects, but, does increase beauty.
- Shellac Finishing
- Surface Restoration
- Leather Restoration
- Estate Appraisals
- Antique Authentication
- Damage Assessments
- On-Site Conservation
- Furniture Fumigation
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.
Professor Rios is actively engaged in the business of appraisals and authentication of antique furniture and works-of-art of every description, including one of a kind and character. As a professor at New York University Appraisal Studies Program he is qualified to render appraisals of wooden objects.
Most antiques have questionable repairs, replacements, stains, dyes, finishes and/or patination that can disguise the truth and fool most people, including the so-called antique “experts”. Professor Rios for over 30 years has seen through the veils of mistruths to come up with concrete and verifiable authentication of antique objects. Written evaluations can be provided upon request.
For insurance purposes Professor Rios can asses damage caused in transit by movers such as scratches, dents, breaks, and missing pieces. Damage caused by fire, smoke, heat and water damage. Damage caused from floods, steam and mother nature. Damage caused by improper restoration attempts that permanently decrease the intrinsic value of objects. Written assessments can be provided upon request.
We use a gas chamber treatment that kills all insect infestation without damaging finish or wood and leaves no odor.
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