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Best Baroque-Furniture Repair

  • Richard Moller, Ltd.

    178 Upper Shad Rd., Pound Ridge, N.Y., 914-764-0121

    All the shelter-magazine buzz these days is about neo-Baroque, and those Louis XV chairs are a lot older than anything Charles Eames ever cooked up. If your purchases are less than pristine, they need a specialist, and Richard Moller has the best hands in town. Moller learned his craft the old-fashioned way, through apprenticeships and several years working for the French-furniture specialist Thorp Bros. and at Sotheby’s. These days, he does work for decorators like Mark Hampton and David Kleinberg. He says he likes a challenge—elaborate marquetry, gold-plated ormolu—but he’s not averse to doing a small repair for as little as $200; when possible, he’ll work on location, for a minimum of $100. Elaborate repairs, however, can soar into the thousands.

From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine