Does anyone know of a shop which will restore a "boule" table, preferably in
I'm not immediately sure of the table's exact history, other than that it
would be worthwhile to have it restored. It's not in terrible condition. The
brass inlay is coming up in some places and the tortoiseshell is coming off
The furniture appraiser said it would be impossible to send the table back
to France to have it done as the table contains tortoiseshell which is
illegal to ship across international boarders. I can't believe it would be
impossible to get this type of work done in Canada.
So, any recommendations?
| Does anyone know of a shop which will restore a "boule" table, preferably in
| Southern Ontario?
| I'm not immediately sure of the table's exact history, other than that it
| would be worthwhile to have it restored. It's not in terrible condition. The
| brass inlay is coming up in some places and the tortoiseshell is coming off
| as well.
| The furniture appraiser said it would be impossible to send the table back
| to France to have it done as the table contains tortoiseshell which is
| illegal to ship across international boarders. I can't believe it would be
| impossible to get this type of work done in Canada.
| So, any recommendations?
"Furniture Appraisers" are not "Furniture Restorers".
Look up a good (reputable) antique conservator (restoration person).
BTB: If this table is not an antique, chances are the tortoise never lost its shell.
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll just take a look through the yellowpages or
The appraiser was from Waddington's and he said it was tortoiseshell. I'm
foggy on the history but it's from within my family and I'm almost certain
it is an antique.
But you're right. Who knows what's what. Perhaps the restorer will have a
Repairing Boule pieces is so difficult not many will even tackle it .When
you do find a restorer it will will either someone who will do it as a labor
of love or a professional shop that will charge a fortune .
The reason being the brasses have to be flattened refitted and reglued down
[and stay down ,no mean feat] and refinished . In my experience the wood and
the brass respond differently to heat and over the years this causes the
piece to come apart .There is absolutely nothing more frustrating than to
have spent many hours restoring a piece and having the lady of the house
snag a piece of brass with a duster when cleaning.....
It all depends on the level of restoration needed. Boule work with an
inlay that's lifting is OK. An inlay that _has_lifted_ is quite another
matter - as you say, any distortion to the flatness of the brass is a
royal pain to sort out. And finding somewhere that can competently
replace a missing piece is quite another story.
You can ship tortoiseshell furniture internationally, but it does need
CITES paperwork doing beforehand (otherwise you might well send it, but
not be able to retrieve it!). Anyone competent to ship it without
crushing it should be able to sort this for you. For obvious antique
completed pieces it's not too hard - much easier than importing a
turtleshell, even an old one.
He's likely wrong. If the age of the table can be documented and
it was made prior to any CITES conventions, you can do the red tape
that will allow it to be shipped to France and back. The restrictions
are only on new or undocumented materials made from endangered species.
Mike, Mike and Andy,
Thanks for the info about the difficulty of restoration and the import
I'm not entirely sure if I want to go through the expense and hassle of
having the table restored (either here or France or whatever) but with these
ideas in mind, at least I have an understanding of what I'm getting in to.
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