Located in San Diego, California, Antique Refinishers Inc. provides restoration and conservation of pre-industrial American and European furniture for private collectors, dealers and institutions.
As member of The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, all work performed at Antique Refinishers Inc. the Code of Ethics and Guidelines of the AIC.
Specialties include services in 18th century French Marquetry, French mounts, traditional veneer techniques, Finish Conservation, water and oil gilding, horse-hair hand sewn upholstery, cabinetmaking and chairmaking "at the Bench", hand-made re-creations of period furniture, consulting and authentication.
We also produce our own brand of liquid animal protein glue, tradition of the 17th century, name "Old Brown Glue".
How do we treat cultural objects which have survived generations of changing taste? Are we simply custodians, and, if so, what is our role in their survival for future generations to appreciate and enjoy?
Conservators are like doctors in that they are supposed to "do no harm." Unlike doctors, we are also obliged to not remove original material. Conservation means conserving. That said, sometimes it is necessary to make difficult decisions to do invasive work for the survival of the object. In that case, the conservator becomes a restorer. Restoration is necessary when a part of the object has become damaged beyond repair, by bugs, rot or accident. Restoration must be as authentic as possible, but not with any suspicion of "faking." It is a challenging job.