Period Furniture Conservation solves even complex furniture conservation problems creatively and in a way that allows each example to retain as much of its original integrity as possible. When a piece of furniture leaves our studio, it will look as it did when it first left the original artisan's shop — or as close to the original as the years — and ethics— will allow.
We begin with a full analysis and then propose a course of treatment that adheres to the ethical guidelines of the American Institute of Conservation (AIC), including:
—Honoring the original artisan's intentions.
—Preserving all the original material, including the surface coating.
—Ensuring that most procedures that we employ can be readily undone in future conservation treatments.
This preserves — or even restores — the value of your piece of furniture and ensures that it will continue to evoke interest and admiration for generations to come.
Most work is performed in our Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ studio which is temperature and humidity controlled and features color corrected lighting. We also travel throughout the United States, performing work onsite at your residence.
Furniture conservator Yuri Yanchyshyn has worked with wooden objects and their owners for over 25 years in a variety of settings, from a cabinet-maker’s shop to the laboratories of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He regularly works on rare, valuable and handmade objects dating from the 14th through the 21st century, stabilizing their structures, restoring their historic integrity and minimizing the chances of future deterioration. Private collectors, museums, architects, decorative arts historians, fine arts advisors and designers have all entrusted treasured items to Yuri’s care, and institutions such as Christie’s invite him to lecture. Yuri is currently proprietor and Head of Studio at Period Furniture Conservation, LLC, a New York City-based firm.
Yuri was born in Philadelphia of Ukrainian parents and grew up in the Detroit metropolitan area. He and his wife Deborah have lived in New York City for over 25 years, and they have two sons. In his free time, Yuri enjoys reading and travelling. He is also an active volunteer for community non-profit organizations, including schools, museums and libraries.
Yuri holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the California Institute of the Arts. He received advanced training in conservation from the Amsterdam Academy for Restoration and the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education, and frequently participates in ongoing continuing education courses.
We maintain a small staff of highly dedicated assistant conservators and conservation technicians. Our personnel are known for their attention to detail, analytic ability, patience and the meticulous care with which they handle each object entrusted to our studio.
All of our staff conservators have Master of Arts degrees or Certificates in Conservation, having received their training at institutions such as NYU's Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center; Buffalo State, the State University of New York; West Dean College; Buckinghamshire New University; Cologne University of Applied Sciences; School of Conservation, Royal Academy of Art, Copenhagen; the University of Amsterdam; or the Carl Malmsten IEI, University of Linkoping, Stockholm. Our staff have gone on to enjoy successful careers of their own, including fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard University's Art Museums, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as permanent positions at noted institutions.
If you are interested in a career in furniture conservation, possess training in woodworking or related fields and are capable of technical precision, thorough documentation (written and photographic) and observing a rigorous ethical protocol, it may make sense for us to speak. To inquire about current openings, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Interns who have worked for us have gone on to conservation programs at NYU's Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center and Buffalo State, the State University of New York.
Ted Dell, Art Historian and Collection Consultant:
"For my most important and challenging pieces, I rely on Period Furniture Conservation."
Patrick Cooney, President, Connoisseur's Advisory Group:
"Working with Period Furniture Conservation is like having my own expert furniture conservation department."
Horace Wood Brock, Ph.D, Private Collector:
"Yuri meets the ultimate prerequisite for success: he's indispensable."
Cynthia Volk, Director, Berwald Gallery
"... the consummate professional, always thoughtful; never renders an opinion loosely."
John T. Yunis, President, John Yunis, Ltd:
"... the most nuanced conservation expert I've ever encountered."
John A. Dunning, Principal, John A. Dunning Architects:
"... Period Furniture Conservation provides absolutely meticulous craftsmanship."
Gerald Stiebel, Gerald Stiebel Gallery:
"... before I commit, I want to know every little thing. Yuri is very good at providing details."
Clinton Howell, Clinton Howell Antiques:
"... very good at tackling particularly difficult, highly unusual conservation tasks."
Nicole Gallo, Curator/Registrar, Private Collection:
"... one of the nicest conservation studios we have worked with ... observations are honest and insightful, and we are happy with the process and results."
Aleya Lehman-Bench, Executive Director, Appraisers Association of America:
"... generous with his information and his connections — and that helps our members a great deal."
"... happy to send him all our most demanding work ... they provide just the information I need to make an informed decision."