Antique Furniture Refurbishing by Europe-Trained Conservators with Integrity
Discover furniture refurbishing by two artists with 80 years of combined experience in the Sydney suburb of Ryde since 1990. We will handle your collector’s piece or heirloom expertly and advise you on its future care. Feel free to give us a call.
How Much Do You Know about Vintage Furniture Repair?
Skilled artists who know what they’re doing should undertake antique furniture restoration. If not, your valued object may be damaged. Like us, restorers such as furniture makers and metalsmiths are often trained craftspeople.
- Restoration is not the same as repair. Restoration is an art form, and its chief goal is to return the piece to its original functionality and exterior manifestation, whereas repair may only restore functionality. If one keeps in mind that retaining the previous patina should be a focus as far as possible, we may strip finishes on furniture and reapply. Doing so without causing damage requires knowledge and competency. “Patina” refers to the lustre that comes from polishing, wear, age, or exposure.
- Various collectors regard patina as extremely important and require the reconditioned article to reveal its age. An untrained person may “over restore” a vintage piece and destroy its value. A trained restorer experiences correcting a bad repair as a trying state of affairs, which provides an added reason to have your old furniture restoration done by a capable professional who will ensure that they retain or enhance the item’s value.
- Proper restoration and repair require various skills, especially if the item includes several materials such as leather, inlays, glass, and wood. Conversely, one may only need to remove grime and lightly polish a piece without completely rebuilding it or replacing certain elements.
We offer quality, sympathetic antique furniture repair, and will also restore your statues, murals, decorative stencil work, pewter, and gilding.
Solutions for Restore Vintage Furniture
You may not realise that you can have the damaged heirloom or antique in your home renewed or mended in Sydney.
- We restore Chinoiserie, Chinese and Japanese lacquer, terracotta, Boulle furniture, porcelain, bronze, and china.
- Boulle is a kind of marquetry whereby the artist applies veneer fragments to furniture, small decorative objects, or detached pictographic panels with a smooth surface to make ornamental designs or patterns. The term could also refer to inlay, where a solid piece of material is removed and replaced with another substance such as tortoiseshell set in pewter or brass to form an exterior design.
- Chinoiserie is the term used by Europeans regarding Chinese and East Asian ornamental customs in the mid- to late 17th Century. The flamboyant decorations were applied to porcelain, screens, frames, furniture, and paintings. Various substances were used to adorn furnishings. The art-form experienced a revival in the United States and Europe from the mid-19th Century through the 1920s and can still be seen in exclusive fashion and interior design today.
- Wood becomes dry, dusty, and dirty. We clean it, replace lost sections, and solidify the structure. Shellacking brings out the colour of the wood again, and new pieces are cautiously stained to attain the same tone as the genuine article. Veneer and tortoiseshell or brass inlays may lift off or get lost. These pieces are re-glued or replenished and protected with varnish.
What You Stand to Gain When You Use Inhof Restoration & Design
We provide a written cost estimate and the description of all restoration processes before doing the work. We also take photographs before and during the procedures. We will keep you informed of the progress and of any findings that may affect the price. Work will continue once you have given your consent. Contact us for more information.