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.

 

    2653An antique carousel horse is restored

    PROJECTS

    An antique carousel horse is restored

    Cleaning up after a fire loss

    Project Type

    Insurance Claim


    About the Project

    Department

    Decorative Arts


    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.

    About the Restoration

    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.

    Restoration projects

    • An antique carousel horse is restored

      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.

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    • Framing a Soviet-era shawl woven with family history

      This beautiful Russian shawl was brought into Trefler’s framing department with a story that spans three generations of women.

      Read On

    • A Sentimental Armoire Gets An Update

      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.

      Read On

    • A Family’s Dollhouse is Restored For Future Generations

      This dollhouse was originally played with by Boston architect John Hubbard Sturgis, who would later come to design the Codman House in Lincoln, MA, and the personal residence of Isabella Stewart Gardner.

      Read On

    • Original Boston Garden Benches are Given a Custom Base

      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.

      Read On

    • An Asian Figurine is Put Back Together

      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.

      Read On

    • An Iconic Steamer Trunk is Conserved

      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!

      Read On

    2537Framing a Soviet-era shawl woven with family history

    PROJECTS

    An antique carousel horse is restored

    This heirloom shawl bridges three generations of women

    Project Type

    Textile Conservation Custom Display


    History of the Piece

    Department

    Framing Department


    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. 

    About the project

    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. 

    Larson Juhl, Frame no. 245150
    Spencer Golden Black ¾” Frame

    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.

    Restoration projects

    • An antique carousel horse is restored

      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.

      Read On

    • Framing a Soviet-era shawl woven with family history

      This beautiful Russian shawl was brought into Trefler’s framing department with a story that spans three generations of women.

      Read On

    • A Sentimental Armoire Gets An Update

      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.

      Read On

    • A Family’s Dollhouse is Restored For Future Generations

      This dollhouse was originally played with by Boston architect John Hubbard Sturgis, who would later come to design the Codman House in Lincoln, MA, and the personal residence of Isabella Stewart Gardner.

      Read On

    • Original Boston Garden Benches are Given a Custom Base

      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.

      Read On

    • An Asian Figurine is Put Back Together

      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.

      Read On

    • An Iconic Steamer Trunk is Conserved

      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!

      Read On

    1926A Family’s Dollhouse is Restored For Future Generations

    PROJECTS

    An antique carousel horse is restored

    “Many descendants have played with this dollhouse since and continue to play with it today. Thanks to Trefler’s restoration, many future generations will be able to play with it.”

    Project Type

    Restoration


    History of the Piece

    Department

    Decorative Arts


    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. 

    About the restoration

    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.

    Restoration projects

    • An antique carousel horse is restored

      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.

      Read On

    • Framing a Soviet-era shawl woven with family history

      This beautiful Russian shawl was brought into Trefler’s framing department with a story that spans three generations of women.

      Read On

    • A Sentimental Armoire Gets An Update

      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.

      Read On

    • A Family’s Dollhouse is Restored For Future Generations

      This dollhouse was originally played with by Boston architect John Hubbard Sturgis, who would later come to design the Codman House in Lincoln, MA, and the personal residence of Isabella Stewart Gardner.

      Read On

    • Original Boston Garden Benches are Given a Custom Base

      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.

      Read On

    • An Asian Figurine is Put Back Together

      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.

      Read On

    • An Iconic Steamer Trunk is Conserved

      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!

      Read On