Louis XVI armchairs feature elegant silhouttes, varied ornamentation and rigid, flat or coved backs. Gilded armchairs from this period were reserved and used as ceremonial furniture. These armchairs feature a flat back with a en chapeau (arched with the archsprings indented) . The legs are conical with straight flutings and the arms are set back with arm pads that curve down from the sides of the back terminating in the front with simple volutes.
Lacquer finish offers tremendous design flexibility with furniture in terms of being able to match existing colors with new pieces brought into an interior. This was a restoration project we just completed of a Romanesque English chest. The carving includes eight round design patterns chiseled into the front. Oak, walnut and “riven timber” were the chief woods used during the Romanesque period. The carving is called “chip carving” in which chips of wood are chiseled to create patterns, in this case a circular shape called a roundel. This carving was an important component of artistic expression during the Romanesque period and varied from simple geometric patterns to more intricate designs on columns, thrones and beds.
We were hired by Christie’s to restore these 18th century pieces from France. Medusa and snakes are prevelant symbolism throughout. The intricate and elaborate ornamentation is illustrative of the Baroque furniture period.
This is a very large antique mirror (6′ wide x 10′ tall) we recently restored for a studio loft space in midtown. It was a tricky project in terms of moving the mirror and ensuring that restoration remained intact. It’s recommended if you have furniture this large and expensive to hire a professional crater and mover to take care of it.
ERA Interiors offers outstanding customer satisfaction and is dedicated to every single detail involved with antique restoration. Our antique restoration services include reconditioning finishes, gilding and frame repair, faux finishes, furniture repair, french polishing, fabricating parts, chair caning, inlay and carving.
The mid century chair to the left is an original design by Kerstin Horlin Holmquist that was repaired, restored and reupholstered. The chair on the right is a reproduction that was upholstered with the same fabric as the original. Often these lounge chairs are sold as a single piece, but to create balance a second matching chair is ideal. We specialize in creating museum quality reproductions of any historical style.
This originally was a pair of red lacquer coffee tables from the 60s. The client wanted the pair to be refinished in black lacquer, with the same gloss lacquer finish only a different color. The process included removing the existing lacquer, preparing the pieces of furniture and applying new coats of black lacquer.
The head of an animal, often a lion or leopard, was first seen in Roman furniture and was later reintroduced during the by neoclassical period. The use of classical design elements helped to develop the ‘English Empire’ element present in Regency furniture. This Regency Chair we recently restored resurrecting some of the Regency decorative elements, refinishing and recarvine portions as well.
This intricate octagonal side table was a complete restoration project. It arrived in our studio in a box broken apart into many pieces. The intensive labor involved in recreating the bone and ebony inlay in this table adds to its value and rarity. There are also other designs in the same style as this such as the Indian ivory, bone and ebony inlaid hardwood table that is featured at Christie’s
This is a mid 18th century Georgian mahogany mirror with a central rectangular beveled plate, shaped corners and mahogany borders. Some variations have gold or brass ornamentation around the edges.
A client brought this mirror in disrepair and we recarved and fixed the shape of the edges. Often with pieces that are old and made out of wood, the edges will chip and soften usually need to be replaced or recarved in order to restore the integrity of the shape of the design.
Marquetry is a decorative veneer technique that often combines joined sliced of wood contrasted with other materials. Often times we receive furniture pieces such as the cabinet pictured that needs to be restored due to natural wear and tear. Marquetry technique is commonly seen in antiques and is not in demand as much as other types of furniture due to the high cost, time consumption and the level of craftsmanship required to create such pieces of art. Because marquetry is an under utilized decorative technique in comparison with other furniture design elements, often furniture displaying this veneer stands out.