French Antiques Dealer
With over thirty years experience working with antique furniture Miguel has gathered a vast knowledge of his craft. Miguel studied for three years under master craftsmen at the Institute of Art and Restoration in Florence, Italy. After graduating and operating his own restoration workshop in the centre of Florence for 11 years, Miguel moved to Australia in 1990 and opened a workshop in Hawksburn (Melbourne). Clients ranged from the National Gallery of Victoria to French Antique Dealers and private collectors. The workshop moved to Malvern (Melbourne) in 1992 and Miguel began importing European antiques. He stocks an eclectic range of refined Parisian furniture and more rustic, casual country furniture. Each piece is selected for its quality, beauty and uniqueness. Miguel is happy to spend time explaining anything clients may want to know about a piece or about antiques in general. He can come to your home to discuss a particular room and give you advice about decorating with antiques. On his regular buying trips, Miguel will look for furniture and decorations to match clients’ requests, with no obligation on their part to purchase the items. People are often surprised to find antiques are more affordable than they may have thought. In today’s furniture market antiques are very competitive, and unlike reproductions which lose value from the moment you take them home, antiques tend to increase in value.
Most items in Miguel’s antique shop are displayed unrestored, so that buyers can see the pieces in their original condition. Miguel and his team of restorers offer a full restoration service and can tailor the extent of restoration to the client’s taste. During restoration, emphasis is given to the conservation of the original condition of the pieces. All restoration work such as general repairs and maintenance, gilding, French or wax polishing, carving and inlaying, painted finishes and painting restoration is carried out with traditional techniques and materials.