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This antique carousel horse was brought to Trefler’s as part of a larger fire claim which included an incredible private collection of fine and decorative artworks. The capabilities of our full-service studio, coupled with the trained hands of our skilled restorers, allowed our team to address damage to the wide array of objects, antiques and artworks that were affected by this unanticipated and unfortunate event.
The restoration process included treatment in our Ozone chamber to remediate damage caused from extensive exposure to smoke and soot. After a thorough cleaning this ornate horse was stripped and refinished to match the original color and patina of the wood; preserving the unique signs of age of this antique.
Additionally, portions of the horse that suffered more extensive damage were treated by filling, sanding and faux painting where detail was lost. Other structural repairs included reversing damage left behind by previous failed repairs, such as re-assembling and securely re-attaching the horse’s tail and left leg.
Textile Conservation Custom Display
This beautiful Russian shawl was brought into Trefler’s framing department with a story that spans three generations of women. Over forty years old, this scarf was made in Soviet-era Russia, in the style of Pavlovo Posad, a well known scarf manufacturer in Moscow. This style shawl, ornate with roses and decorative fringe was popularized in the late 19th and early 20th century and often worn tied around the shoulders women.
This particular shawl was worn and well loved by the grandmother of our client. A true traveling scarf, it made its way to the united states and became a treasured keepsake of its owner’s granddaughter. To commemorate three generations of women, the scarf was brought to us for a custom frame to be given as a gift to our client’s mother in Florida.
This keepsake was brought to us for both conservation and custom framing. The goal was to showcase this treasured object, while importantly protecting it from potential damage caused by age, transit and environmental factors.
When the heirloom shawl arrived at our studio, it was in an extremely fragile condition with loose threading that required immense care when handling. Our conservator carefully stitched and stabilized the textile using conservation mounting and fabric spacers which would create a shadow box effect. The final result would protect the shawl from making contact with the Plexiglass enclosure and create a weightless appearance to an otherwise weighty textile. The plexiglass used was chosen in part for its durability in transit, it after all is a traveling scarf, and also for its conservation grade, UV blocking properties. This would ensure that the bold pigments in this beautiful scarf would remain just as bright over time.
The frame selected is by Larson Juhl and features an elegant gold front with subdued black sides to highlight the detail of this very special keepsake.
The Spencer frame combines elegant hand-leafing and rustic woodgrain finishes in a collection of six contemporary shapes, including two cap profiles, two flat profiles, and two float profiles. Available in three high luster finishes with rustic edging, Spencer is at home in rustic as well as ultra modern settings.
This piece was incredibly sentimental to its owner, however its original finish was heavy and no longer suited its contemporary surroundings. With the ambition to give this armoire a new aesthetic, Trefler’s furniture department worked extensively with the client to create a custom finish that would re-imagine the piece of furniture by simply refinishing it.
After developing a custom color and sheen to suit the client’s aesthetic, the armoire was stripped and sanded, and the final finish was applied. The end result allowed our client to adapt a meaningful piece of furniture to its current environment, all while keeping memories intact.
This dollhouse originally belonged to Boston architect John Hubbard Sturgis, best known for designing the Codman House in Lincoln, MA, and the personal residence of Isabella Stewart Gardner. His granddaughters Gertrude, Frances, and Katharine shared afternoons playing with the dollhouse at their home at 154 Brattle Street in Cambridge.
Since, this charming dollhouse has been passed down within the family and enjoyed by countless cousins and grandchildren. Today, Julia still plays with her great great great grandfather’s cherished dollhouse.
The restoration of this dollhouse included both structural and cosmetic work to ensure that it will be enjoyed for generations to come. Trefler’s Decorative Arts department filled missing chips and holes, secured and stabilized chimneys and fixed the hinged roof.
Because of the age of this piece, there was lead paint which required sealing to make this safe for play, especially for the little ones. The roof was filled and fauxed and primed with primer and then sealed to encase the lead paint, as was the exterior paint.
Some cosmetic restoration work was required, including touchups where paint had worn away over the years. This tiny home was updated by removing old wallpaper and giving a fresh coat of paint inside and out.
These benches were likely original when the Boston Garden was first opened in November of 1928. The arena was designed by sports and boxing promoter, Tex Rickard. “The Garden” is short for “Boston Madison Square Garden.”
This historic artifact was once part of the Boston Garden, and was later acquired by a private collector through a local fundraiser. With hopes of preserving the history of the benches, while also restoring their function, their new owner enlisted Trefler’s team to ensure these benches could be appreciated for years to come.
The metal structure required some restoration and cleaning to abate potential structural damage due to years of heavy use (no doubt by enthusiastic Celtics and Bruins fans)! Great care was taken to preserve signs of age and maintain the history of the piece.
Our Furniture Department also took on the job of designing and creating a custom wood, runner base to provide sound structural support for the benches to stand supported without being fixed to the ground. This base was designed to mimic the flooring of a basketball court. These benches are now an iconically “Boston” seating area in the client’s game room.
This antique Asian figurine came to Trefler’s in several pieces after taking a fall. Our Decorative Arts Department securely re-attached the figure’s head and shoe. Filling and sanding of the fractured areas was required in order to ensure a smooth surface texture. Finally, the affected areas were painted and color matched to the original glazing, restoring it to its former self.
The iconic Louis Vuitton Trunk, or “malle” in French, was first introduced in 1858 by Louis Vuitton himself. The unique design featured a flat top that enabled it to be easily stacked and transported. This improved design soon gained widespread popularity across Europe. As competitors began to produce imitations, Louis Vuitton decided to set his apart with recognizable striped and checked canvas siding.
The Monogram Canvas, as seen here, was first created in 1896, when George Vuitton took over his father’s business. In effort to create an even more iconic brand, the monogram LV, as well as the brand’s symbols; a graphic flower and quatrefoil, were printed on the trunk.
This Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk came to Trefler’s for minor conservation and cleaning. It was presented with its original paper tags and stickers. During its lifetime, its various owners made sure to take the right measures to preserve this artifact. Despite this, it still required some care and attention to help keep it in tip-top shape!
Our Decorative Arts Department took great care in cleaning the exterior. Adhesive residue from stickers that had been removed decades earlier was successfully cleaned, all while keeping surrounding stickers intact and untouched.
Other small repairs included toning the exterior wood details, cleaning metal hardware and conditioning the trunk’s leather handles and trim. Additionally, the interior base of the trunk was relined with book cloth, where the original lining was unsalvageable.