Luke Addington is a furniture conservator, period woodworker, and marqueteur specializing in furniture conservation, restoration, and re-creations. During the past six years, Mr. Addington has treated 17th-19th century American & European furniture, French marquetry, and made true to period furniture re-creations for clients throughout Arizona, California, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. He provides services to a diverse international and domestic clientele, including private individuals, companies, and organizations through his Tucson-based firm, Addington Furniture, LLC. Among his note-worthy recent projects are a nineteenth-century French Empire Mahogany Secrétaire à Abattant (Fall-front desk) where he preserved the original gilt leather tray, consolidated the original marble top, and repaired complex hidden spring mechanisms for secret drawers; a severely damaged nineteenth-century Napoleon III Brass & Tortoiseshell Coffer in the manner of Boulle where he restored the original engraved brass and tortoiseshell marquetry, along with carefully French polishing the exterior marquetry surfaces; and a nineteenth-century Dutch Renaissance Revival Satinwood Secrétaire à Abattant where he restored missing decorative marquetry elements, preserved original ivory pulls and escutcheons, and repaired complex lock mechanisms.
Addington trained under furniture conservators William Patrick Edwards & Patrice Lejeune at the American School of French Marquetry and holds certifications in Boulle Marquetry, Painting in Wood, and the Classic Method. In addition, Addington has lectured and taught about period furniture and its conservation for both public and private institutions since 2011. He publishes regularly in his field, and is currently working on a book regarding the history of French furniture finishing from the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. Mr. Addington is an associate member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) and the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM).
Addington Furniture, LLC provides the following services:
Treatment, including on-site treatment, of museum quality furniture, complex decorated wooden objects, and gilt bronzes
Condition reporting for insurance or curatorial purposes
Verbal proposals (non-binding)
Advice over the telephone (non-binding)
Treatment discussion and advice
Preventive conservation consultations
Referrals to other conservators, labs, appraisers, and auctioneers
Re-creations of European & American furniture from the 17th to the 19th century
--and related services of:
Furniture & marquetry design
Marquetry & veneering
French polishing & finishing
Contact Mr. Addington by telephone or email to discuss your items that need his care. Based on that discussion, you may decide to meet with him, or arrange delivery of your object to his atelier. Mr. Addington will examine your object and present you with a complete condition report & conservation treatment proposal, which includes an estimated completion date and cost. If you approve of the proposal, please return a copy of the signed contract with one-half of the estimated cost: Addington Furniture must receive this paperwork before work can begin. If a project is especially complex or lengthy, he may send you interim reports, and may require further partial payments at those times. If unexpected problems are identified during treatment, he will cease work and contact you before resuming; an addendum to the treatment outline may be required. Once work is complete, Mr. Addington will contact you regarding pickup and final payment.
All furniture conservation services provided by Addington Furniture are performed in adherence to the AIC Code of Ethics & Guidelines for Practice.
Initial consultation fee is $100/hr (plus the cost of travel and related expenses) and is due at that time. All other services are estimated on a per-project basis, with a minimum project fee of $200. Additional materials fees may be required.