Restoration By Heart Restores Antique Ashtray from the Folies Bergere

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Art restoration studio best known for restoring Warhol’s and Rembrandt’s restores an antique ashtray from the Folies Bergere in Paris, France.

We don’t just believe in restoring expensive art, we believe in returning to life things that people love.

“Can you restore my ashtray? It is an antique from the Folies Bergere and it is in many pieces due to poor packing before shipping.”

The inquiry arrived by email to, a renowned art restoration business since 1987. And so began the odyssey of restoring an antique ashtray from Paris, France.

The client, a young teacher for the deaf, had purchased the ashtray from a popular online auction. When informed of the nominal charge for restoration she did not bat an eye. “If you can make it good again, I’ll pay.”

“I didn’t know if a studio that is known for restoring Warhols and Rembrandt’s would work on my ashtray.” Camille K said, “But the piece came back perfect. I couldn’t let something that beautiful disappear from the world.”

“If it isn’t human, we can fix it.” Is the motto of Gustavo Perez, head restorer for Restoration By Heart, an art restoration company based in Southern California.

Footballs, bicycle seats, baseball cards, comic books, music boxes, toy carousels, ashtrays steering wheels, all pass through a restoration studio famed for the restoration of Andy Warhol and Erte, Chagall and Picasso and Dali.

“We restore more mediums than virtually any restoration studio in the state,” says Rod Hewitt, the partner of Perez and manager of “Ceramics, oil paintings, lithographs; we are the last studio in our area and one of the few in the country to continue to restore original photographs. Most restorers don’t bother with original photographic restoration as there is so little money in it anymore, due to photoshop. We continue to restore photographs because it is an art form and Gustavo Perez is a master of restoration in every artistic medium.”

And so it is also natural that Restoration By Heart restores treasures as varied toys and sports memorabilia and antiques like music boxes and bibles and artifacts that carry electrical currents such as classic toy carousels. The greater the challenge for Perez, the higher his ceiling as a restorer grows. “We don’t just believe in restoring expensive art, we believe in returning to life things that people love.” states both Perez and Hewitt in unison.

For more information about our art restoration services, please call our toll-free number at 1-866-635-8516 or visit us at

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