Copyright Ruth Baza TIME FOR TEA ANTIQUES 2012
I grew up surrounded of antiques and art. Vintage and antique clothing and textiles have had a great importance in my life, so first I became a vintage addict, later a serious collector and after severeal years of passionate addiction, I studied hard to become an specialist in  fashion history, appraisal, restoration and conservation. I have over 10 years experience and a vast background as an external consultant, restorer, appraiser and lecturer for worlwide renown auction houses, museums, private collectors and fashion events,as well as my own atelier and store.

I consider myself a conservator-restorator as  my work involves both things in most of the cases. Restoration attempts to bring the artwork to some previous state the restorer believes to be original, and conservation is less concerned with preserving the artwork for the future rather than making it look unspoiled.

Many of us are left with our mother´s or grandmotther´s embroidered bedcovers, huge lace shawls, chritening gowns or tapestries. These are indeed priceless treasures even if they are not made of the finest materials, because they have been kept along the years and loved by our forebears, so they deserve to be rescued, taken care and pass on to our followers. Fabric or textiles are subject to a variety of disfiguring ills, many caused by environmental effects, changes in temperature and humidity, in particular, as well as wear and the choices you make in storing or displaying such objects

My work of conservation-restoration can involve the cleaning and stabilization of  textiles to the preservation of cultural and private property for the future.

Conservation-focused SERVICES include: counsel, examination, documentation, treatment, restoration, conservation, dating, mounting and exhibiting, and preventive care, supported by research, education and experience.

I specialize in:

* Antique Textile/Clothing restoration and repair
* Embroidery and needlepoint repair
* Wedding Gown alterations, restoration and repair
* Doll´ Clothes
* Antique Trousseaux restoration and repair (bedspreads, tablecloths, curtains, hankies, etc)

If you are interested in getting an appraisal or wish to ask for information regarding restoration on one or more of your antique textiles, please e mail me the following information: name, email address, information you have, size, condition and clear jpeg images.

If you would like to sell or locate antique textiles or accessories, please send the following information in your e-mail: name, email address, location of the textile, size, condition, price, origin and any other information you have; (previous owners, weave structures) along with clear jpeg images.
Exquisite c.1870 French Christening GownStunning c.1860 Large Miser´ purse with embroidered silver marcasites.Superb c.1860 Burgundy leather half calf boots with mesh fabric elastics.c.1880 Figural lace bedspread.Lovely c.1905 Edwardian young girl heavily embroidered dress. 1920s Mandalian enameled mesh purse.c.1900 Large figural and drawnwork tableclothExotic c.1850 Brown silk gown with brocade and embroidery.Rich c.1920 Art Deco large embroidered silver marcasites pouch.c.1860 Wedding gown.Elegant c.1930 Black silk with silver marcasites embroidered envelope style handbac.c.1850 Figural pouch in Sablé beading.
antique textiles restoration                   atelier
Restoration, preservation, research, valuations, acquisition and de-accesion services to individuals, public and private institutions, on antique and historic textiles, clothing, shoes, purses, tapestries, rugs, leather accesories, lace and weaving.

We also:

* identify and date
* evaluate and appraise
* advise for acquisition

If you are interested in getting an appraisal or wish to ask for information regarding restoration of antique textiles/accesories, please contact us