Restoration can be as simple as light cleaning to remove disfiguring dirt or grime, such as on the surface of a frame, or it may include near complete rebuilding or replacement, as might be the case with damaged frames or furniture.
There is a lot of difference between restoring and repairing. Functionality may be achieved by a repair, but restoring an item properly is an art-form. Finishes may be stripped and redone, but it is essential that the original patina is retained, if possible. Stripping is only done as a last resort, especially with antique furniture.
We carry out all restorations following a special protocol which include step by step procedures that have been followed by our predecessors and are proven as the only ones that should be followed in order to attain the best results. We respect the objects and try to consolidate them in the best possible way without incurring any aggressive or irreversible techniques.
From restoring a water-gilded 18th century mirror frame back to its original golden lustre, to carving back a missing scroll on a chair that had long been lost to daily use are part of the daily work carried out at our studio.
Bruno Toupry’s studio has an important collection of 18th and 19th century plaster casts. This collection enables us to create missing decorative parts.