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Timothy G. Riordan

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Timothy G. Riordan


Timothy G. Riordan, Inc.

50 Webster Avenue

New Rochelle, New York


914) 235-6424



Timothy restores and conserves antique furniture using traditional materials and techniques. After apprenticing in San Francisco and Sotheby’s in New York he established his business in November of 1983. After setting up shop on West 55th street and East 95th street thereafter, he moved the concern to Westchester. He has been seen in Architectural Digest, House and Garden, Quest, New York and the New York Times.


Traditional materials are used when restoring and conserving pieces. Hide glues are used for stabilizing the structure and the joinery where needed. Dovetail joinery and other designs were most often employed by cabinetmakers of 19th, 18th & 17th century pieces.

The joinery occasionally needs rebuilding and stabilizing to maintain the structural integrity of the piece. The woods, both the secondary and the show-woods also require attention when disturbed by the atmosphere they are kept in along with the usage they are subject to. The finishes require conservation as well, be they clear varnishes, painted or done in gold or silver leaf. The patina which develops on these pieces are sought after by collectors and the restoration and conservation approaches employed must not disturb them.


After repairing and stabilizing, any missing elements are crafted and then integrated into the piece, then the disturbed areas and the replacements are colored and sealed and the piece is polished and given paste wax to protect the finish except for the painted and leafed finishes. Antiques finished in gold and silver leaf often require rabbit skin glue, gesso, clay and new leaf and toning where needed to restore and conserve accordingly…