Please describe your item(s) in as much detail as possible. Information such as dimensions, what materials the item is made of (i.e. wood, plaster, porcelain), and your item’s current condition are all very helpful for our experts to make an accurate estimate.
We suggest providing at least three .jpg images per item. These should include; one image of the entire object, and detailed views of the area(s) of damage and/or pieces.
If you are submitting an inquiry for painting restoration, please provide an additional photograph of the back of the canvas.
Our team will review all inquiries and assess the best course of action to suit your needs.
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Whether you’re interested in fine art framing, or finding a perfect way to showcase your family photos, our full-service framing studio will work with you directly to create the best display method to suit your unique style, needs and budget. Our talented framers offer expertise in both museum-grade conservation methods and the aesthetic details that make all the difference when highlighting any work of art. Our studio uses protective materials including UV-blocking plexiglass and acid free matting to ensure the longevity of each piece.
Trefler’s is currently open for both digital and socially distanced, in person consultations, by appointment only. To maintain the safety of both our staff and community, we strictly adhere to all current CDC guidelines to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
If you are interested in requesting a quote or scheduling a framing consultation, please reach out to us by submitting your inquiry below.
As the days grow noticeably shorter (and colder) in New England, gathering around a crackling fire becomes a much-welcomed way to spend an afternoon with a book or an evening with loved ones.
We’ve shared the following interiors that inspire true fireplace envy, as well as important tips from our experts on ensuring your fireplace experience is a safe one, for both you and your belongings.
1. Be mindful of what you’re burning: not all woods are created equal. Burning pine wood emits resins which can cling to the lining of your chimney or porous surfaces, such as un-glazed porcelain or ceramics. Resins can also be harmful to the indoor air quality for you, your family and your pets.
2. Structural Safety: old fireplaces are indeed beautiful and often historically charming, yet carry structural risks that come with age. If you have an older home, it is always a good idea to enlist the help of an expert to inspect the structural integrity of your chimney. Cracks in the mortar can leech smoke into walls, and loose bricks can come loose or collapse inwards.
3. Preventative measures: Always use a fireplace screen. Risks of indoor fires, even flames from burning candles aren’t to be taken lightly. At Trefler’s, we’ve seen first-hand the potential damage that fire can cause. We encourage you to always use appropriate protective screens to ensure that no sparks fly where they aren’t intended. We also urge our clients to be mindful of placing rugs, or flammable objects close to any open flame.
4. Protect what you showcase on your mantel: The mantel is, of course, a visually wonderful focal point to showcase antiques, decorative arts and framed family photos. If you will be enjoying fires this autumn and winter season, we encourage you to be mindful of their proximity to smoke emitted from fireplaces. Prolonged exposure can cause damage and soil paintings, porcelain and even metals. Be sure to properly frame photographs and paintings to prevent soot from accumulating on their surface. If you do have a painting hanging above a mantel without any protective glass on it, smoke exposure can darken surface varnish. Our experts can determine if an affected painting is in need of merely cleaning or restoration services, including re-varnishing. Examine it carefully in the light to see if lighter colors have darkened over time or yellowed. This could be a sign that soot has left its mark.
2020 has been a year for the books to say the least, and while the secular calendar year has a few months to go, tonight marks the start to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
Family gatherings for Rosh Hashanah may indeed be more somber in tone than the festivities common to New Year’s Eve (apples and honey instead of champagne toasts to start), but the holiday does encourage honest reflection on our follies in the year prior, and an earnest and optimistic desire for a good – and sweeter – year ahead.
Below are some of the interesting artifacts that the Jewish Museum in New York City has in its archives commemorating the High Holidays. Shofars and customary greeting cards document the history of the holiday and demonstrate the importance of closing out one chapter thoughtfully to herald in the next.
Greeting cards with well wishes for the New Year are common practice on the holiday. This tradition dates back centuries when the medieval Rabbi Jacob ben Moses Moellin, known as Maharil, encouraged the writing of special greetings to friends and family.
According to tradition, on Rosh Hashanah, God opens the “Book of Life,” offering a time for reflection on the past year and the possibility of renewal for the year ahead. During the holiday, the phrase, “may you be inscribed (in the Book of Life) for a good year,” is a popular greeting in Rosh Hashanah cards.
A greeting card produced by the Wiener Werkstätte, or Viennese Workshops. These geometric prints were used across various designs from textiles, to furniture and jewelry. The workshops produced over one-thousand postcards for the Jewish New Year, prior to WWII.
Plinths are of course not novel in exhibiting decorative arts; museums, galleries and stately spaces have long used these as platforms for displaying busts, antiques and sculptures.
However, in recent months, more and more plinths are cropping up everywhere: from the homes of designers and creatives, to interior staging for mainstream retailers such as CB2 and Restoration Hardware.
Why has the plinth in the domestic setting, become ubiquitous of late?
Perhaps it is a minimalist answer to showcasing the on-trend sculptures and studio ceramics that are making an appearance in so many aesthetes’ homes?
Or perhaps we are all just missing gallery and museum visits during Covid-19 lockdown? Whatever the case, the plinth is, after all, an unimposing way to get your decorative arts, even floral arrangements, front and center.
Below we’ve shared some inspiring interiors that use plinths at home.
If you are looking for a display solution for your home, get in touch with a member of our team at firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more about our custom fabrication of plinths and display cases.
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From now through the end of October, Trefler’s is extending a 15% discount on your next custom framing project.
Trefler’s custom frame studio is open for socially-distanced consultations, by appointment. Our custom frame studio is an invaluable asset to our full range of restoration and conservation services, one which we are proud to have on-site to guide clients through what can otherwise be a daunting task. With the collaboration and assistance of our framing specialists, creating the right custom frame, display case, or plinth is a simple and enjoyable process.
The benefits of framing are first and foremost protective. A widely understood example is selecting an appropriate UV-blocking glass or Plexi, which will prevent light damage to an artwork. But framing also serves as quite literally a frame to highlight or accentuate a piece.
Whether fabricating a display plinth to showcase a 17th Century ceramic vessel, or a custom box to preserve an antique manuscript, there are countless examples of how tailored display methods both enhance and protect your artwork, and a seasoned framer learns the nuances of key details which can elevate a simple frame job, to a work of art in of itself.
“I gravitated towards framing because it can be very creative, fun and educational working alongside other artists and designers. I love creating new frames and seeing how it can change the perception and effect of certain artwork on the viewer or the room environment.”-Dina
Trefler’s is honored to work with some of the finest vendors for custom frame fabrication in the United States. Learn more about our trusted sources below.
Trefler’s is able to structurally and cosmetically restore giltwood frames on-site, bringing sheen and luster back to antique frames with flaking gold leaf, or insecure backings.Our restorers also encourage re-finishing, to create a contemporary look while making use of a family heirloom.
In the event that you are embarking on a framing project as the result of environmental damage from flooding or fire, Trefler’s framing studio can work in concert with your insurance to ensure a seamless experience.
At Trefler’s, an appreciation for antiques is a given. Our primary passion lies in preserving and restoring items for our clients because we believe deeply in the value that living with antiques provides us. Whether stylistically ornate; such as an intricately constructed Venetian mirror, or more minimal, such as a Danish Mid-century Cabinet, these pieces will often always demonstrate an incredible level of craftsmanship and a quality of material that has enabled them to survive over time.
On a more emotional level, antiques offer each of us a connection to our collective past. Regardless if an heirloom had belonged to a great grandmother, or was merely purchased at an estate sale, this small reminder of passing objects down from generation to generation evokes a sense of connection that we can all appreciate.
In a recent conversation with local interior designer, Matthew Adams, this very subject of living with antiques naturally arose. Matthew, who recently launched his own firm MAD & Home, worked for over seven years under esteemed, local interior designer (and fellow champion of antiques), Charles Spada. Matthew, similarly, is a firm believer in the warmth that is achieved by sourcing furniture eclectically.
He described a particular situation in which clients had first attempted to furnish their new home seeking the help of a large, upmarket retailer. He remarked that after seeing plans drawn out by the retailer’s in-house designer, they were quickly dismayed by the prospect of their personal space being transformed into what resembled more of a showroom than a home.
And while this sense of warmth and history is just one benefit of using antiques and vintage furniture, there are undoubtedly others to consider; such as a lighter carbon footprint when compared with newly manufactured items, and often a far higher level of quality and craftsmanship accessible at a much lower price point.
To investigate this theme further, we’ve shared the following personal homes of notable interior designers, proving that living with antiques can take so many different forms (and styles) while always creating a sense of place.
Images Courtesy of 1st Dibs
Art and Antiques Fairs worldwide have adapted to life with Covid-19 by turning towards virtual platforms to exhibit their wares. This July, the National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America (NAADAA) hosted its inaugural virtual fair online, connecting notable dealers of fine art, sculpture, jewelry, wallpaper, and illuminated manuscripts with collectors – in remote fashion.
In case you missed it, we’ve shared some highlights below.
Specialist dealers in Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios, Lillian Nassau presented this Tiffany Studios Wisteria Lamp, Ca.1903. The iconic design was conceived by “Tiffany Girl” Clara Driscoll, head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department at Tiffany Studios. The shade features a cascade of over 1,000 hand-cut pieces of Tiffany glass, framing the bronze “Tree Trunk” table base. This lamp was one of the most popular designs produced by the firm.
A La Vieille Russie, renowned Paris and New York-based dealers of Russian decorative arts, presented this carved amethyst necklace set with cabochon stones and chrysoprase beads. The Necklace, and a coordinating bracelet, were created by Juliette Moutard for Boivin, ca. 1950. This set was exhibited alongside other jewels and pieces by Fabergé – historically, jeweler Carl Fabergé was a treasured client to the family run enterprise.
Tennessee dealer Mary Helen McCoy presented this walnut fauteuil, which has been recovered with 18th century needlepoint illustrating the Biblical story of Susanna and the Elders. The scene is set amongst a landscape of fountains and floral gardens.
Les Eluminures, an international gallery with outposts in New York City, Chicago and Paris, is a leading specialist dealing in manuscripts, jewelry and miniatures of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The gallery presented this late 18th Century Reliquary Cross Pendant. Masterfully crafted out of gilded silver and glass pastes the piece is attributed to Austro-Hungarian Workshops.
This rare, carved mahogany box sofa was presented by New York City-based antiques dealer, Carswell Rush Berlin. This stately piece is attributed to Anthony Quervelle of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1830.
This weekend, Trefler’s would like to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!
Each year, the celebration of 4th of July commemorates several things; the joys of long summer days, the commotion of family barbecues, and the sheer satisfaction of watching the grand finale of a fireworks show.
It of course also commemorates America’s independence and serves as an important reminder to reflect on the history of our nation. Having served the New England community for nearly a hundred years, the artists at Trefler’s have lent their skills to the restoration and conservation of countless objects significant to our understanding of America’s past.
We are so fortunate to have these reminders of our nation’s history through the lens of fine and decorative arts, each and every day of the year, and we thank you, our customers for giving us that opportunity.
Historically, silver as a material was coveted for its inherent hygienic properties. Antibacterial and antimicrobial by nature, silverware was regarded a luxury in part of course for its value, but also for its ability to prevent illness.
While silver adds a little extra to family gatherings around the dinner table, it gets seldom use as it’s often perceived as overly precious and hard to care for. At Trefler’s, we encourage you and your family to enjoy your silver flatware all year round; in fact, with continued use, silver develops an even more delightful sheen to it.
For added encouragement, our experts have outlined a few, simple tips to keep your silverware clean and well preserved.
A common misconception regarding silver maintenance is that it can’t be cleaned in a dishwasher. Using an appropriate soap, silver is perfectly safe in the dishwasher. Keep in mind to avoid mixing in stainless steel flatware in the same wash. An electrolytic action will discolor metals where they are in contact. For this reason, it’s important to avoid washing silver knives in the dishwasher as their blades are often stainless and can cause an unwanted reaction (as well as dull the blade).
We are pleased to offer full silver polishing services, in addition to restoration, for any unwanted rust, discoloration and erosion. Rest assured your family heirlooms, as well as contemporary silver place settings, can be maintained effortlessly with our help.
It is important to always be sure to fully dry silver immediately after washing. Residual moisture can lead to water spots and rusting, which if left untreated can erode the metals and cause permanent damage to your flatware and serving pieces.
written by Nikki Stracka
Photo Credits: Remodelista
Far too often framing is viewed as merely decorative; an ornamental addition to artwork which can add to the visual impact of a piece and ground it within its environment. And while this is indeed true, suitable framing also plays a pivotal role in conserving and protecting artwork, acting as an armor against potential damage from exposure to damaging elements such as moisture, dust and light.
The condition of photography, prints and even textile fibers can be maintained safely through appropriate framing and installation. Fading of colors is of course one concern, but yellowing is another unwanted and highly common outcome of light exposure. This is most frequently seen on paper and silk mattes; turning them from pristine whites, to not so lovely shades of yellow.
As you might guess, most light damage originates from natural sources such as the sun’s UV’s, otherwise known as ultraviolet light. However, even rooms devoid of windows can be hazardous to improperly framed artworks, textiles and photographs, and just because items are stored in basements, attics, or artificially-lit spaces, fading and yellowing can be the result of prolonged exposure to UVs emitted from fluorescent bulbs.
Your first option, (and perhaps the most obvious) is preventing artworks from light exposure by ensuring they are hung on walls in your home that receive the least direct sunlight or fluorescent lighting. Another reminder is to be aware of track or spotlights that project a concentrated amount of lighting directly at artworks.
Be Mindful of Seasonal Changes
Do also keep in mind when installing or hanging artwork that although a portion of your wall may be safe from the sun in March, come April its rays will be rising and setting at a completely different angle exposing your pieces to damaging light sources at a later date.
UV-Filters for Glass and Plexi-glass
Another method to ensure light protection is framing your artworks with a UV-filtering glaze for the transparent portion of the frame. This is available in both glass and Plexi-glass panels, and customizable to any size required. This added barrier will ensure protection from both artificial and natural light sources.
And finally, while sometimes it is too late, and the damage is already done to a piece, restoration is an available option. Our conservators and restorers at Trefler’s are able to assist in any questions you may have regarding an area of concern, and our highly skilled framers can help to ensure your artworks remain safe from environmental damage.
Written by Nikki Stracka