Aedicule's Peter Werkhoven is an award-winning European master gilder and frame maker, specializing in the conservation of picture frames, antique objects and historical architecture.
He trained at the historic Dutch firm, Gehring & Heijdenrijk in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, under Paul Gehring, a third generation frame maker, mastering the craft of gilding and antique restoration/conservation for more than 10 years, before opening his atelier in San Francisco in 2003.
Antique relics dating from as far back as the 13th Century up to this era have passed through Peter's studio and have received conservation treatments. Aedicule goes to great lengths to achieve historical accuracy and preservation, and subscribes to the American Institute of Conservation's Code of Ethics. The conservation of picture frames, antique furniture and artifacts is one of Aedicule's specialties. While every item is unique and requires a different approach, all work carried out is always done with integrity to the original object.
"I look forward to the Fall Antiques Show because it is a great way to reconnect with my clients and colleagues. It is energizing to stroll around and see what other galleries are offering, to make friends and to find ideas that I can incorporate into my business. The opening gala is always a wonderful celebration, and the highlight of the fall season here in San Francisco!
Also, we are very excited this year to announce that we are offering examples of gilded wall paneling in our antique picture frames. So, on top of presenting our beautifully hand carved and gilded antique - but usually empty - picture frames, we will be displaying samples of the ancient usage of karat gilding through our wall paneling. We feel that from a design perspective, this will be a great addition to our booth and will be very inspiring to both designers and individuals.”
Here are some more highlights from Aedicule:
An Italian, Venetian, black molding frame with various ripples, circa 1750
A rare Portuguese carved and gilt frame, circa 1680.
Continental giltwood carved looking glass, 18th century, with a floral crest surmounting the rectangular looking glass, flanked with a molded border
Aedicule will be at booth #56.