“…to conserve the integrity, history
and age of fine wood is my way of life.”
-Stephen Rice, Master Restorer
Stephen Rice is a master restorer of fine antique furniture, specializing in the 18th and 19th century periods. His expertise includes the restoration of furniture with complex designs such as Boulle, Marquetry and Inlaid Woods.
He began his career as a restorer of English antiques in Monterey, California. Dedicated to the artistic
integrity of his craft, Stephen travelled to Paris where he studied under the internationally known restorer,
Francois Germond, formerly from the House of Jansen. While in Paris, Stephen learned the old world
techniques that have been handed down among furniture craftsmen for centuries. Repairs, rebuilding and
joinery are performed in the tradition of the old masters. Waxes and polishes are individually blended
according to original formulas.
In 1985, he founded his own company, Heritage Restorations. Since then, Stephen has developed
a following among private collectors, dealers, museums and government institutions throughout the
Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas.