Reviving damaged antiques
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Owners of antique furnishings affected by flooding in January will be pleased to learn their prized possessions may be able to be restored.
Queensland Antique Dealers Association (QADA) vice president Graham See of Brisbane Antiques at Albion said the association had set up a service to help those needing advice on insurance claims and antique repairs following the floods.
“Lots of people simply threw out antique furniture because they didn’t know how to repair it, which is why we are offering this service,” Mr See said.
“Depending on the level of work required, we can advise people on what they need to do and if we don’t have the information, we know plenty of people who are experts in their field.
“For example, we have members who have expertise in detailed inlaid, French antiques, and so on.”
Mr See said during the floods his warehouse at Albion was inundated with 40 centimetres of water covering the floor, requiring furniture to be moved to higher ground.
He said an art collector friend in Milton was not so lucky with his antiques affected by flood water, which Mr See's team are now working on restoring.
“We are washing it all because it’s possible to bring it back to its original condition which is what many people don’t realise,” he said.
“One of our restorers, Meade Murphy, has posted a video on how to restore and repair flooddamaged furniture and put it on YouTube. He’s one of the restorers we send out to revive the polish on flood-affected antique furniture.
“Another service we provide is valuations as many people need to have their antiques replaced or repaired and their insurance companies require valuations.
“QADA is happy to be in a position to offer advice on damaged antiques.”