Gates Antiques Ltd. started as a full service repair shop in 1961. John A. Gates Jr. learned from his uncle, a respected cabinet maker in Farmville, Va. John’s tradition of high quality service continues with his son, Jay. Whether your piece is a fine Virginia piece from the 18th century or a cherished 20th century piece, Gates Antiques takes equal pride in every piece and uses the same standard regardless of an item’s age. Jay often says “If I wouldn’t put it in my home, why would I expect you to?” when referring to repair work.
Here is an example of some very detailed restoration work.
Restoration of a popular rope bed from the 1830’s. The rails had to be repaired and lengthened to accommodate a standard full size mattress. The headboard was partly missing. One can see from the pictures how we reproduced it. Then the bed was refinished. Originally, it would have been painted but this client decided to not have it painted.
Below you will see a recent sample of our work. The Federal or Sheraton Secretary is made out of two primary woods, Mahogany and Cherry. It dates between 1810-1820 and is from New England. In the before pictures, one can see the condition in which the piece was found. The after pictures show the piece in a clients home, ready for use.
Here is another example of a piece that we just finished restoring for a client.
A fantastic Circa 1850 gold leaf frame in severe disrepair. Repaired and rebuilt missing gesso. Afterwards, cleaned all of the remaining guilt and reguilt the entire frame to client’s specifications.
Here is another example of some work on an Empire Revival Sideboard that turned out to be a great example of our repair and conservation work.