Not Just... Furniture Restoration
With Gramco’s newfound stature came more challenging jobs than the typical chair, sofa , and dresser restoration. Gramco’s reputation for rejuvenating the “unsalvageable” attracted some rather unusual requests:
“Once a doctor and his wife brought in antique wooden horses from India. At first glance, you couldn’t tell what these figures were. After doing a little research and talking with the owners, we ascertained the pieces to be artifacts used in ancient wedding ceremonies.
Our Client loved these pieces from an antiquity standpoint and wanted to put them in his home.
No small task since the horses showed an enormous amount of damage. The pieces’ burlap and clay coating, which was supposed to cover the entire body, had been peeled away. The legs and heads were no longer attached and insects had damaged both pieces.
Fortunately, we found enough of the original paint in various parts of the horses to determine the color scheme—a brilliant, crimson, emerald green, orange, black and white with some gold leafing. After about three years of work, on and off, we reconstructed the horses and restored the finish. We even built a couple of bases for the figures to sit atop.
The doctor and his wife were absolutely thrilled.”