Restoration & Conservation
of Fine Antique Furniture


About

I have been restoring antique furniture Auckland for over 15 years. In that time I have worked on pieces in the collections of the Auckland Museum, the Auckland City Art Gallery, Mansion House Kawau Island, Turangawaewae National Marae and many pieces of national significance in private collections.

A leading specialist in historic NZ furniture I have worked on many items by the renowned Seuffert family of cabinet makers whose works feature in museums across Australasia. More recently I have worked on important Maori artefacts such as contact period tekoteko as well as 19th C waka huia and kumete. From stamped 17thC Louis XIV French commodes, to 18thC English clocks, to fine 19thC Swiss music box cases and important 20thC NZ modernist furniture I have completed a diverse range of projects.

I trained under restorer, colonial furniture authority and leading collector William Cottrell at his Auckland workshop for 6 years and was exposed to the cream of work available in NZ. Since that time I have worked for clients from Invercargill to Dargaville and have been used and recommended by Auckland leading antique dealers, auction houses and private collectors.

I was a speaker at the inaugural NZ symposium on NZ Furniture at the Southland Museum in Invercargill in 2010 the proceedings of which will be published in late 2011. I have researched and written catalogue entries on Seuffert furniture as well as been featured in NZ House and Garden magazine in their "Living treasure" series.

Methods

I use traditional materials and techniques in keeping with the original methods used to construct the items I work on. This conservation minded approach seeks to preserve as much as possible and not over restore a piece. Doing things the right way the first time is the smart - as well as often cheaper - thing to do. The aim always is to not over restore things. Unfortunately a great deal of my work involves undoing shoddy or inapproriate restoration.

Services

Traditional materials and techniques

Insurance work

Fine veneer and Boulle specialist

NZ specialist

Maori artefacts

Hand French polishing

Impartial advice

"Derestoration"

- reversing the effects of shoddy restoration and returning some character to a piece.

Reproduction of any kind of furniture from country furniture to fine veneered objects

Contact

Jonathan Maze

Mobile 021 0383543
Auckland (09) 940 5118

Email : maze@ihug.co.nz

You are very welcome to phone or email me to discuss work or for impartial advice.
Emailed digital photos are especially useful in assessing pieces.

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