“On valuable older pieces I tend to follow more of a conservation philosophy…when it comes to restoration, less is more.”
Liz Orteig has worked as a professional woodworker and antique restoration expert for more than three decades. She began her career working with a partner, making furniture using exotic materials, such as ivory, ebony and mother of pearl for design showrooms, including Karl Springer.
Her professional journey then took her to the woodworking and restoration department of Sotheby’s art auction house in New York City. There, she worked with eight other cabinet makers from around the world to repair important vintage and antique important pieces from Louis XVI gilded chairs to a Ruhlmann desk.
Liz has also done restoration work for prestigious workrooms throughout New York City. She has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from City College in NYC and operates her atelier from her home in New Canaan, Connecticut. Liz will also restore antiques on premise.
I have worked with Liz for the past 18 years. Over the years, she has brought life back to antiques from Paris and Marrakech, replaced and repaired missing wood veneers, made water and alcohol rings disappear from furniture tops and restored clients family heirlooms. I have also brought Liz to projects where she has repaired issues that have arisen during interior renovations. I must also not forget to mention her French polishing skills, they are truly an art! Liz’s restoration capabilities are a valuable asset to my business and her ability to work onsite is a rare find.
LISA KLEMONS, NEW YORK
I feel really lucky to have Liz Orteig work on my 18 - 19th century antiques. She has a knack for matching the colors of your furniture. She repaired and refinished the leaves of my dining room table and fixed the arm of a Victorian chair that had come loose. A chunk of the ornate frame on one of our family portraits had come off, and she restored it so well that no one can tell where she made the repair.
SARA HUNT, NEW CANAAN, CT
Liz has done two projects for us. First, she restored a large antique gilded mirror purchased at a Paris Brocante. Next, she repaired the leg of an 18th Century French Commode which was broken during a move. Both projects were done masterfully. She is meticulous and highly-skilled in dealing with plaster carvings, wood and wood veneer and paint and finish. She is also a delight to work with and charges very fair prices for her work. I cannot say enough good things about Liz and her company.
BILL ERICKSON, FAIRFIELD, CT