The Furniture Bible

The Furniture Bible : Everything You Need to Know to Identify, Restore & Care for Furniture

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The heart of the book is an overview of Pourny's favourite techniques - ceruse, vernis anglais, and water gilding, among many others - with full-colour step-by-step photographs to ensure that readers can easily replicate each refinishing technique at home. Pourny brings these techniques to life with a chapter devoted to real-world refinishing projects, from a veneered table to an ebonized desk, a gilt frame to a painted northern European hutch. Rounding out this comprehensive guide is care and maintenance information, including how to properly clean leather, polish hardware, fix a broken leg, andreplace felt pads, as well as recipes to make your own wax, shellac, varnish, stain, and more.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 197 x 248 x 25.4mm | 1,202.02g
  • Artisan Division of Workman Publishing
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • more than 650 color photographs and illustrations
  • 1579655351
  • 9781579655358
  • 45,355

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Wall Street Journal, 10 Crucial Home Design Books for Beginners

Library Journal, Best Books of the Year

Amazon, Best Books of the Month

"A guide for the pros, DIYers and furniture aficionados eager for tips from the expert. Pourny's practical advice on all things antique is coupled with historical notes."

"A comprehensive but accessible guide to restoration that lays out everything you need to know about making over wooden furniture."
--Martha Stewart Living

"Authority wafts from [Pourny's] handsome how-to book like the sweet smell of lemon oil."
--New York Times

"A practical, visual guide for anyone who wants to restore a cherished heirloom or simply correct a water stain."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"Pourny's book will serve brave DIYers as well as design aficionados wishing to hone their connoisseurship."

"It's really everything you wanted to know about furniture but were afraid to ask."

"Whether you want to refresh your mother's outdated bureau, refinish a set of vintage Danish Modern chairs, or restore antique marquetry to its former glory,
this volume's got you covered and then some."

"Encyclopedic in coverage . . . deftly illustrated and defined . . . a fantastic go-to source for furniture care."
--Library Journal, starred review

"A thorough and practical guide for the furniture expert as well as for the novice restorer. . . . This guide will find a wide audience among those who simply want to learn about and appreciate good furniture, as well as those who are more hands-on."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This is a very useful and important book for anyone who owns furniture--antique, modern, or new--or anyone who plans to fix or restore it."
--Martha Stewart
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About Christophe Pourny

Christophe Pourny is one of the most esteemed furniture restorers in the business. Top decorators like Bunny Williams, John Saladino, and Jamie Drake entrust him to regild Louis XVI bergeres, refresh the luster on French-polished 18th-century dining tables, and work magic on time-worn straw marquetry surfaces. Descended from a long line of artisans, he was reared in his cabinetmaker father's atelier in the South of France and apprenticed at his uncle Pierre Madel's legendary antiques shop on rue Jacob in Paris. Today, Christophe is the official restorer to the City of New York and counts the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Uma Thurman, and Martha Stewart among his celebrated clients. He frequently appears on TheMartha Stewart Show and in top shelter publications, and his handcrafted furniture tonics are sold nationwide.

Jen Renzi is a Brooklyn-based editor who specializes in architecture and design. A former staffer at House & Garden magazine, she is a columnist at TheWall Street Journal ("My Favorite Room") and House Beautiful ("The Last Words") and edits the IIDA's design journal, Perspective. She has written for Architectural Digest, New York, Art + Auction, Wallpaper, The New York Times Magazine, Interior Design, and Conde Nast Traveler, among other publications. Jen wrote the text for Vera: The Art and Life of an Icon (Abrams, 2010), is the author of The Art of Tile (Clarkson Potter, 2009), and ghostwrote Jonathan Adler's Happy Chic decorating series for Sterling Innovation (2010). She has also contributed to design books for Princeton Architectural Press, Simon & Schuster, Pointed Leaf Press, and others.
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