Miguel Meirelles trained as a conservator of antique furniture at the “Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro” in Florence (1978-1980), and today runs a conservation workshop at the same premises as his Melbourne antiques retail shop. The workshop is kept very busy working on items that Miguel imports from overseas, and also on antiques coming in from local collectors and museums.
Miguel travels three times a year to Europe to find pieces with personality for his shop, his criteria being whether he “would happily put each piece in his own house”. The shop stocks an eclectic range of antique furniture and decorative items, ranging from fine Parisian pieces to French provincial and English country furniture. Periods and styles include Louis XIV, Regence, Louis XV, Louis XVI, Directoire, Empire, Restauration, Napoleon III. Occasionally also Biedermeier, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, 1950’s and 1960’s pieces.
When he’s buying in Europe Miguel drives a truck, buys only un-restored pieces, and buys them at the source. His shop therefore stocks only well-picked, well-priced and genuine stock. In fact, most of the items are deliberately displayed in the condition in which they were found, to enable buyers to assess the original condition of each item, and to allow them to have an input in the conservation process.
Miguel is happy to arrange for short-term rentals of his furniture and decorative items to television, film, theatre and advertising studios.
Our shop can arrange for packaging and for delivery Australia wide, and for shipping internationally. We are open from 9:00 to 5:30 Mondays to Fridays and from 10:00 to 2:00 on Saturdays. The shop is located at 1379 MALVERN ROAD, MALVERN (MELBOURNE) VIC 3144, AUSTRALIA. Tel: (61)-03-98226886 & 0419-009890.