EDITION: October - December '06

RESTAURATION


















A restorer’s job consists of applying a series of treatments and operations, beginning with the study of the piece. The aim is to recover and conserve objects that with the passing of time and bad conservation run the risk of getting completely lost.





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The quality and integrity of a piece of furniture is established by different procedures: types of assemblies, glues, cutting lines, the type of decoration that is built into the piece (sizes, frames, polychrome), by the type of wood (noble woods, indigenous regional woods) and by the type of original finish (varnish, waxes, and resins). There are even some pieces that have a type of brand name or stamp indicating where they were made.







As far as its structural parts (loss of all of the feet) are concerned, if there are no existing references that show what the original piece was like, then one can fall into the trap of conducting an “operation” – something that should not be done.




In Ibiza, there is a wide variety of antique furniture, so the antique dealer has quite a vast business on the island. The majority of the important pieces are from the Orient or from European auctions, but native Balearic island furniture can also be found; the emphasis being on Mallorquin and Menorquin furniture. Ibicencan furniture is more common, although that does not mean it is of inferior quality.