Please provide us with the following information when submitting an inquiry, and someone from the Trefler’s team will help you determine the next steps.

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.

We look forward to hearing from you.


2469Celebrating 100 Years


Celebrating a family legacy

A century ago, Abraham Trefler began small company restoration company in Germany. After emigrating to the United States, Abraham carried onward with his family’s tradition of craftsmanship by launching a modest furniture restoration workshop in Boston, MA.

Under the namesake Trefler & Sons Antique Studio, Abraham Trefler grew his reputation as a leading restorer and later passed down his business to the next generation of the Trefler family. Over the last thirty years, Trefler’s has grown from a 1,200 square foot studio, into the 10,000 square foot, full service furniture restoration, decorative arts restoration and custom framing studio that it is today. Trefler’s now employs over a dozen team members, executing the same level of care and proudly keeping alive Abraham Trefler’s mission of providing the finest restoration services.

A new chapter, a new look and stories to share

On our 100th Birthday, we are excited to make other announcements including our new website, conceived by talented, west coast design studio, Lauren Fulton Design. We’ve had the fortune of restoring thousands of cherished possessions, and our new website now proudly shares some of these projects.

We couldn’t be more excited to bring these stories to you. Click here to visit our project archive and stay tuned for more stories to come.

Leading the way

We are also thrilled to announce Trefler’s new leadership with Paul McCarthy as Chief Operating Officer and Laura Sheehan-McDonald as Vice President and Head Conservator.

This year marks Laura’s 20 year anniversary with Trefler’s. We are so grateful for her. Paul McCarthy has been a part of the Trefler family for over thirty five years.Together, and with the help of all of our invaluable team members, Trefler’s steps forward into the next century. 

Click here to view the biographies of our full team, alongside striking portraits by photographer, Craig Barritt

Thank you to all of our clients, friends, family and team members for their support over the years. We are looking forward to a brighter 2021.


2429Custom Framing Special

To welcome in 2021, Trefler’s is delighted to extend our framing special and offer 15% off your next custom framing project with us! 

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.

1058Trefler’s Wishes a Happy and Healthy New Year to our friends and families Celebrating Rosh Hashanah!

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 New Year Greeting Card by designer, Anton Pospichil. 1910-12, Vienna, Austria. Image courtesy of the Jewish Museum.

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.

Shofar, probably India, 20th century. Kudu horn. 4 7/8 × 23 5/8 × 6 1/4 in. (12.4 × 60 × 15.9 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of the International Synagogue, 2016–22. 
Maker: EB, Book Cover with Prayer Book, Rome (Italy), 1715. Silver: repoussé, hammered, and chased. 12 3/4 × 9 1/2 × 2 in. (32.4 × 24.1 × 5.1 cm). The Jewish Museum. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. List. JM 3–72
A contemporary Sterling Silver, Arts and Crafts apple dish for Rosh Hashanah festivities. Image courtesy of 1st Dibs.
Torah Mantle,Pfaffenhoffen, Alsace (France), 1875/76. Silk: embroidered with silk and metallic thread and sequins. 34 1/16 × 17 1/2 in. (86.5 × 44.5 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York. Gift of Dr. Harry G. Friedman, F 3546
Robert Frank (American, b. Switzerland, 1924–2019), “East River, Jewish Holiday, NYC 1955,” printed c.1970. Gelatin silver print. 9 × 13 1/4 in. (22.9 × 33.7 cm). The Jewish Museum, 1993–111
1137Highlights from NAADAA’s Inaugural Online Antiques Fair

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.

Running from June 24th through July 8th, the online exhibition featured over 300 works from notable member dealers such as A La Vieille Russie, SJ Shrubsole and Joan B Mirviss.

In case you missed it, we’ve shared some highlights below. 

Tiffany Studios Wisteria Lamp ca. 1903: Image Courtesy of Lillian Nassau

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.

Amethyst Carved Necklace by Juliette Moutard for Boivin, ca. 1950: Image Courtesy of A La Vieille Russie

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. 

Walnut Fauteuil ca. 1715 presented by Mary Helen McCoy: Image Courtesy of Antiques Trade Gazette

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. 

Reliquary Cross Pendant: Image Courtesy of Les Eluminures

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. 

Carved Mahogany Box Sofa: Image Courtesy Carswell Rush Berlin, Inc.

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. 

1430Happy 4th of July!

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.

Above: Before and After: Chair restored for Gibson House Museum

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.