Elizabeth Hargraves: Antique Surface Restoration

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Dept. of Fixes & Repairs. There comes a time in everyone’s life when you fall in love with a piece of furniture that has seen better times.

Elizabeth Hargraves is a specialist in antique surface restoration. Each day she is either in her studio bringing a forlorn piece of furntiure back to life, or out zipping around the city visiting clients and giving new meaning to their lovely old possessions.

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Surfaces are her specialty, including the restoration of lacquer (Asian & Japanning), painted furniture, gilding, and French polishing. Being an artist, she also does new work in painted surfaces, laquering, faux marble & mahogany.

On coming down to our offices to speak with us, she mentioned that she is laquering a pair of cabinets blue at the moment and rebuilding the missing frame of a gilded mirror (above and below you can see the before and after of a restored laquer table). Contact Elizabeth directly at 212.744.3214 or ehargraves@mindspring.com.

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