How to look after antique furniture without making that fatal mistake? What steps do you have to take? Who can advise you?
Many owners of antique furniture are not sufficiently conscious of their responsibility towards a history-laden object of valuable heritage.
It is certainly in the interest of professional people (trade, antiques, interior decoration) to be well-informed on this subject in order to provide a good quality of service for their clients.
So, to allow those who’re already owners of such objects, or who plan to acquire them, to improve their knowledge and enhance the value of their heritage, we propose this 2-day workshop with Bernard Roche, cabinet-maker.
You leave with the spirit and the reflexes of a connoisseur.
The workshop combines theory (incl. slide-shows and demonstrations), discussions with the workshop leader, and practical discoveries.
It takes place in an outstanding atelier where pride of place is given to an amazing collection of hand tools which you’ll be able to learn to use.
Progressive practical stages will make it clear to what extent each person can deal with the restoration, and at which point it will be wiser to rely on a professional expert.
· The various crafts applied to furniture for either maintenance or restoration: cabinet-making, marquetry, varnishing …
· Distinguishing an antique from a copy – authenticating a period piece of furniture
· The essentials and their qualities: the materials used in furniture making
· The tools, particularly the hand tools: usage and practice
· Assembly techniques, glue
· Metal hinges
· Maintenance of antique furniture and the products needed
· How to buy antique furniture