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.

 

    103610 Interiors that Give Us Fireplace Envy

    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.

    An interior designed by Michael Aiduss. Photography courtesy of George Ross for 1st Dibs
    Studio Mellone designed Manhattan living room. Photography by William Abranowicz
    Interiors by Michael del Piero. Photo Courtesy of Mesic Mackie for 1st Dibs
    Interiors by Michael del Piero. Photo Courtesy of Mesic Mackie for 1st Dibs
    Interiors by Chroma. Photography by Meghan K. Sadler and 1st Dibs
    Interior Design by Barrie Benson Interior Design. Photo by Brie Williams
    A 15th-century tower on an island off Croatia. Design by Rees Roberts & Partners. Photo by Scott Frances / OTTO
    Interior Design by Huniford Design Studio. Photo by Stephen Kent Johnson
    Interior Design and Photography by Ashley Hicks Courtesy of 1st Dibs

    A Few Reminders from Our Team

    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.

    1072Display Inspiration: Plinths for Exhibiting at Home

    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.  

    A fluted black marble plinth in the living room of one of Anthology Studio’s designs
    The library of the Silva residence features a custom plinth to display a natural sculpture: a floral arrangement. Also featured in the space are a Michael Anastassiades pendant lamp, a coffee table and daybed of Machada and Muñoz’s own design and a sculptural wooden chair by Anacleto Spazzapan. The work above the fireplace is by Antonio Saura. Image Courtesy of Introspective Magazine, 1st Dibs. 
    Another art-filled room by Muñoz in Pedraza, Spain. A simple plinth here sits next to the fireplace and features a sculpture encased in an acrylic display.
    A cube-like plinth displays an abstract piece in this living room. Image Courtesy of Dan Arnold via Kelly Behun Studio. 
    A cube-like plinth displays an abstract piece in this living room. Image Courtesy of Dan Arnold via Kelly Behun Studio. 

    If you are looking for a display solution for your home, get in touch with a member of our team at trefler@trefler.com and learn more about our custom fabrication of plinths and display cases.


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    1119Beyond Contemporary: How Antiques Bring Warmth to a Space, from the homes of notable interior designers

    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.  

    Pierre Yovanovitch’s residence, Château de Fabrègues, in Provence
    Photography by Jean-François Jaussaud for Surface Magazine
    Charles Spada’s classically inspired residence in Normandy
    The Drawing Room of Axel Vervoordt’s Castle of ‘s-Gravenwezel outside of Antwerp
    Shawn Henderson’s Scandinavian inspired Weekend Home in Hillsdale, New York
    Kevin Dumais’ study in his home in Litchfield, Connecticut

    Images Courtesy of 1st Dibs

    1246Dining In: Celebrating the Art of Everyday Table Setting

    In this difficult moment, as you are probably doing a lot of home cooking right now (or if not that then eating takeout), setting your table for the occasion can make a big difference in elevating both your meal and your mood, regardless of how informal this might be.

    We are honored at Trefler’s to restore and conserve your family heirlooms, and our expert conservators take pride in repairing everything from serving pieces to porcelain to silverware. We feel strongly that these cherished items play a role at your family dining table throughout the year, not just on special occasions. Below are a few tips and reminders of how to utilize these pieces to create an inviting, everyday table-scape at home—one to rival any white-tablecloth restaurant.

    1.Welcome your Heirlooms

    Using family heirlooms at the dinner (or even breakfast) table is a wonderful way to carry on the tradition of breaking bread together. Whether it is a terrine passed down from your grandmother or a tea kettle that belonged to your great aunt, using these objects honors your ancestors and links previous generations to future ones. These pieces can even inspire you to re-create a particular recipe of someone dear, whether that be a blueberry tart baked in a particular dish or just your daily afternoon cup of tea served with a porcelain creamer.

    2. Linens over Paper Napkins

    All too often at mealtime we reach for paper towels and napkins, but using linen or fabric napkins is a far more pleasing and sustainable option. As well, using linen or fabric napkins adds visual and textural warmth to a table setting that will feel good to the touch. Switching out patterns and colors can evoke a different aesthetic each time, bringing a very welcomed sense of variation to our home environments in this difficult moment.

    3. Ditch the To-Go Boxes

    If you are ordering takeout, ditch the to-go box, and dress up your meal by transferring it to proper dishes. You’ll feel proud of yourself for making the extra effort, and it will absolutely taste better without the residual Styrofoam, plastic, or cardboard taste.

    4. Wine Glasses and Crystal – Even Sans Wine

    Whether you are having a cocktail, a glass of wine, or just plain water, using your crystal and glassware otherwise reserved for formal occasions adds a little extra to the evening table and may even encourage you to stay hydrated. Worried about chipping crystal or glass? Rest assured, glass grinding on nicked rims is an easy solution—one that we perform frequently for our clients at Trefler’s.

    5. Serving Family Style with Serving Pieces (especially those normally reserved for the holidays)

    Create a visual feast, quite literally, by serving your dinner family style and enjoy getting to put heirloom serving pieces to good use. Not only does this encourage second helpings without a second trip to the kitchen, but also it offers terrines and platters a chance to shine.

    6. Lighting Ambiance

    At Trefler’s, we are always pleased to repair and polish heirloom candlesticks. Including these with your table setting adds such a welcomed sense of warmth to an evening. That said, we also see quite a lot of fire damage and wax-removal, so we always encourage safe use of candles in the home—that means never leaving them unattended.

    7. Remember the Placemats and Tablecloths

    We are big fans of the placemat at Trefler’s—and you can probably guess the reason why… Not only do they add an extra element of ornament and warmth to the table (marble and stone tabletops especially), but also they act as a protective barrier to keep your dining and kitchen surfaces safe from spills and scratches.

    written by Nikki Stracka

    1356Display Cases for Precious Antique Art, Artifacts, and Collectibles

    Whether you want to showcase a one-of-a-kind piece of art, a unique museum object, a family heirloom, or any other special item, it’s important that the display case is created with care and detail in mind. Unfortunately, many art storage and display cases contain chemicals that can cause corrosion or general deterioration. They are not designed to enhance the object being displayed and in many cases, intrude. If you are looking for a customizable art object display case, here are some examples for you to draw inspiration from.

    4 Art Object Cases That Will Inspire Your Next Display

    The following four display cases emphasize the object and overall design without being intrusive. A lot of care and detail went into creating these antique art display cases in order to highlight each precious object.

    1. Carved Stone Pipe

    Instead of purchasing new furniture, you can often upcycle old pieces, especially when reupholstering furniture that features a solid wooden frame. Please note: Although you will pay more to work with a professional, in many cases, this can save you money in the long-run. This is especially true if you have little experience and waste a significant amount of fabric.

    2. Terracotta Horse Head

    Terracotta is essentially “baked earth” made from clay-based ceramic. This beautiful statue of a horse’s head has been mounted on a beveled maple dias. The custom art display showcases the head itself, complementing its unique shape. The free-standing design highlights the piece of work, allowing for a more thoughtful viewing experience. In this case, repairs were also made in order to fix the ear, seal cracks, and touch up the work itself.

    3. Etruscan Bronze Bracelet

    The Etruscans are known for their bronze goods. Once again, this bronze bracelet is displayed in a case that was to specifically showcase this unique of work. The clear acrylic mount allows the bracelet to be the main feature and the removable top makes the piece more accessible. Standing on an ebonized walnut base, the bracelet itself pops while remaining protected.

    4. Etruscan Bronze Figurine

    Known for their bronze figurines, the Etruscans would offer such pieces at sanctuaries and other sacred sites. The display for this figurine ensures that the piece itself remains the main focal point. However, the walnut base itself also compliments the piece, offering a stunning way to preserve the object. Best of all, no drilling or adhesives were used to place this piece, preserving the figurine for many years to come.

    The Trefler’s Difference

    Since 1921, the Trefler family has offered a wide range of art and antique restoration, fine art, framing, and upholstery, and photography services. In regards to display cases, we offer completely customizable art object display cases — which may be made out of cherry, mahogany, walnut, oak, or maple. Custom colors, finishes, and LED lighting are also available. Experienced with various materials, including metal, porcelain, and glass, we can restore items before creating the perfect antique art display case based on the individual item’s characteristics and features. Offering fully customizable art object display cases that are available for both pick-up and delivery, we will help you preserve and showcase your most prized possessions and items. Looking to restore an art item or order a custom art display case that is as unique as the piece you’d like to showcase? If so, please contact us today!  

    1389Expert Vintage Lamp Repair and Restoration in Boston

    For many homeowners, antique lamps are a treasured part of home decor. They bring a distinct style and personality to living areas. They are antiques that have been passed down from earlier generations, requiring care and careful maintenance. We know that if a customer wants a lamp restored, that lamp either costs a lot of money, or has some sentimental value attached to it. Here at Trefler’s, we have the knowledge and the professionalism to keep these precious pieces working well, so their beauty is magnificently preserved.

    DIY Lamp Restoration: Is it a Good Idea?

    When you care about your antique chandeliers or lamps, it’s difficult to trust a service to complete a proper restoration. Some may even attempt to do repairs on their own in order to manage the process and save money. But in many cases, DIY lamp or chandelier restoration leads to more issues. Because most lamps use electricity, doing a rewiring on your own may actually be a dangerous feat. That’s why it’s good to get a professional lamp restorer’s help when dealing with restoration items. Trefler’s, which is located in Massachusetts, has the expertise to handle the delicate work of fixing and restoring antique lamps to its peak state.

    What are the Common Lamp Problems?

    Because of the variety of styles and functionality, there are many things that could go wrong with antique lamps. As they age, they naturally tend to lose some of their exterior luster and shine. Components like the wires, sockets, arms and delicate parts will wear. Here’s a short list of the kind of work that we here at Trefler’s can complete on any lamps you may have.

    Plug replacement

    Socket replacement

    Lamp rewiring

    SWITCH REPLACEMENT

    Parts repair

    New chains or decorative elements

    Broken arm repair and replacement

    Many families might choose to recycle or give away old or broken light fixtures. But lamp repair and restoration is a better option, especially when you consider the replacement value of an antique lamp. It can be easier than you think to hold on to those treasured items instead of replacing them.

    Full-Service Lamp and Chandelier Repairs Trefler’s is a full-service art, furniture, lamp and chandelier restoration service. We take our antique lamp restoration projects seriously enough to be empathetic and efficient with our services. Our staff are knowledgeable individuals who fix, clean, restore and update lamps of all kinds.

    In addition to working on antique pieces, we also fix modern light fixtures as well. Regardless of the style or age of the lamp, we approach it with the same measure of care and attention that’s invaluable to our customers.

    Why Hire Us? Who we are? Why trust us? Owned and operated by the Trefler family for almost 100 years, we’ve mixed traditional practices with modern technological repair and restoration practices. Founded in 1921, our founder Abraham Trefler, started this service in Germany. Abraham’s son continued the family business by expanding to a new location on Beacon Street in 1950.

    As a valued member of the Boston business community, Trefler’s has long stood for quality and dedication for service. Trefler’s is one of the oldest and largest restoration companies in America. We handle any residential or corporate restoration project, big or small. Your desire to preserve the precious things in your life is our top priority.

    To learn more about our antique lamp, old lighting, and chandelier repair and restoration services, feel free to contact us today.