The Gilder - Our services range from gilding, refinishing, repairs, regluing, reupholstery, lacquer, french polish, and carving.
We also specialize in the less invasive art of restoration and conservation of antiques. Whether it be an entire dining room set or just a little doll's rocker, The Gilder is the place to have it done.
Master craftsman, Luciano Colella, has acquired an intense passion and talent for the art of restoration and gilding handed down by his father, Vincenzo Colella (a skillful cabinet maker for over fifty years). Luciano has refined his knowledge and skills as a student of The School of Art and Restoration in Bari, Italy. Today, after ten years working in the United States, he offers in disposition his skill, talent and professionalism to realize the most complex projects for the most demanding clients.
Restoration can be as simple as light cleaning to remove disfiguring dirt or grime, such as on the surface of a painting, or it may include near complete rebuilding or replacement, as might be the case with old furniture.
This style of design is very ornate. French Provincial objects are often stained or painted, leaving the wood concealed. Corners and bevels are often decorated with gold leaf or given some other kind of gilding.
Lacquer is a clear or colored wood finish that dries by solvent evaporation or a curing process that produces a hard, durable finish. This finish can be of any sheen level from ultra matte to high gloss, and it can be further polished as required.
Reupholstery lets you replace the worn out, torn, or unseemly fabric and breathe new life into your furniture to bring it back to brand new conditions.
Wood carving patterns were used for decorating homes and public buildings for centuries. This is one of the most ancient and the most common types.
French polishing is a wood finishing technique that results in a very high gloss surface, with a deep color and chatoyancy. French polishing consists of applying many thin coats of shellac dissolved in alcohol using a rubbing pad lubricated with oil.