Why We Love It
When I started buying antiques, I bought what I loved. However I didn't know how to describe it, or if I saw something I liked and wanted to search for it, I was often lost for the correct way to describe the item. (Think putting search terms in for Google or auctions.) Not only is this book educational for the history and style of furniture, but also how to care for it. Christophe shares his extensive expertise in his book. A wonderful gift for anyone interested in antique furniture.
Christophe Pourny learned the art of furniture restoration in his father’s atelier in the South of France. In this, his first book, he teaches readers everything they need to know about the provenance and history of furniture, as well as how to restore, update, and care for their furniture—from antiques to mid-century pieces, family heirlooms or funky flea-market finds.
The heart of the book is an overview of Pourny’s favorite techniques— Ceruse, Vernis Anglais,and Water Gilding, among many others—with full-color step-by-step photographs to ensure that readers can easily replicate each refinishing technique at home. A glossary of trade resources makes it a great gift for any interior designer, architect, or anyone with a passion for home design.
A comprehensive guide to furniture restoration, sourcing antiques, and a history of furniture design. Easy to understand descriptions makes this a must have for any beginner, but the encyclopedic like amount of terms and info make it a reference guide for even the professional. With over 500 color photos and illustrations, you won't feel lost, or confused by the step by step instructions. The enthusiastic foreword is written with care by Martha Stewart.
- History of furniture
- 500 color photos and illustrations
- Step-by-step instructions
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