Both reversibility and the preservation of authenticity are two concepts that Sébastien Napoli is aware of during Restoration of Furniture of Antan
RESTORATION OF FURNITURE AND WORKS OF ART
Do you want to restore furniture or a work? Your Expert Antiques dealer, Sébastien Napoli offers individuals and professionals his skills in the restoration of antique furniture. For an irreproachable result, your restorer takes care to use the original materials and to respect the manufacturing methods of the time.
REVERSIBILITY A CONCEPT NOT TO BE IGNORED ... Reversibility is to do nothing that is definitive and that cannot be taken back. In the choices of the restorer, the method as the materials are to be weighed. Reversibility concerns both bonding and structural modification.
AS THE PRESERVATION OF AUTHENTICITY The preservation of authenticity, that is to say that the intervention of the furniture restorer remains the least disturbing for the object or the piece of furniture. Everything must be reconstructed as it was originally when it was built; once again, the choice of materials whether they are wood species, screws, or glues, that they remain similar to those used by the worker-cabinetmaker of yesteryear.
"The restorer's job is the most thankless of all. At best, it goes unnoticed. When he does a good job, the restorer is called a forger, when his work is not satisfactory, he is treated with contempt for betraying the work of art. His talent is indisputable, his limitations just as obvious. Judgment of the work of restorers is even less reliable than that of works of art. That’s saying it all ... " - Max Jakob Friedländer, Von Kunst und Kennerschaft (French title De l'art et du conneur)
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