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The Fix Is In: Ark Restoration and Design
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If the holidays brought not only cheer but also a broken antique Limoges platter or a shattered alabaster candy dish, then carefully pack up the pieces and head over to Ark. Rena and Anatoly Kristul are geniuses at putting things back together again, to paraphrase a well-known line about Humpty Dumpty. Rena studied design, glass, and porcelain manufacturing, and Anatoly engineering, and together they can tackle repair and conservation jobs on just about any objet -- ceramics, stone, wood, metal, enamel, and even glass. 


While they count prestigious museums and bold-face-name collectors among their clients, they will still repair a humble coffee mug, but only you can decide if it's worth the tariff. The easiest repair is a sharp break (with clean edges) and, assuming you haven't fiddled around with Krazy Glue yourself, Rena can often do a minor repair -- a lifesaving measure, if you will -- for $35. More elaborate partial restoration -- where a chip, say, on the rim of a plate is filled in and colored but not glazed -- would represent another rung up in the price scale. The most costly restoration (and Anatoly says rates can escalate into the thousands) for multiple, nasty breaks on a pedigreed Sevres tureen, for example, would require recreating a glaze and overglaze (and might even necessitate creating a tricky clay body), sculpting a shape to fill in missing parts, and might also involve gilding. But Ark's work is seamless, producing a repair that is virtually invisible. By appointment only. 252 W. 37th Sts. btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves., 17th flr., 212-244-1028; www.arkrestoration.net (This article originally appeared in the 1/06 issue of Manhattan Living.)

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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.


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