Restoration :

      The core of our work is the restoration of 18th century furniture. We began this work in 1982 and after nine years formed the current business, Curry and Hovis. We are dedicated to preserving the integrity of the objects we care for through the use of traditional, reversible methods and materials. It is of the utmost importance, that in the future, the original cabinetmakers work will be apparent and any work we do is consistent with it. Damaged parts are repaired rather than replaced, patches are of old matching wood, and finishes are preserved. We have developed a thoughtful analysis process to insure that the best approach is taken to complex jobs. Our repairs are done with horsehide glue as was originally used, and finishing is French polishing and wax.

      Much of our work includes reglueing, French and wax polishing, and patching veneer. We also do traditional water gilding and patch many gilt rococo mirrors. Out of the ordinary jobs are welcome and we find them very interesting. Our work is not confined to furniture as we do many decorative objects.

 

Following are examples:

 

                   ca. 1755 Mahogany Bureau Bookcase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          ca. 1775 Marquetry Inlaid Demi-lune Console   
                  
        (attributed to the workshop of John Linnell)

 

 

 

 

 

             A Desk and Chair Made and Signed by Carlo Bugatti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  ca. 1740 George II Console Table

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia Arm Chair
This Philadelphia arm chair came in with a damaged crest rail and extensive damage to the claw and ball feet. The feet were damaged recently and we were able to repair the destroyed finish to appear as the rest of the chair with out harming any of the existing finish.

 

 

 

                        19th Centruy New York Desk
      On this desk, we repaired a leg that had fallen off, along with multiple veneer chips and lifting. Once repaired we spot treated any damages that were seen with out touching the original finish.

 

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54 Westchester Ave, Pound Ridge, New York, 10576      (914)-764-1138     John@CurryandHovis.com