Anatoly and Rena Krishtul founded “ARK Restoration and Design, Ltd ” in 1982. With University degrees in engineering and fine arts, Anatoly and Rena Krishtul evaluate each piece using latest technology enhanced by comprehensive experience and knowledge of materials and techniques employed by artisans from contemporary to those of prior centuries.
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There is nothing I wouldn’t entrust to Rena and Anatoly Krishtul, who founded Ark Restoration and Design several years after emigrating here from the Ukraine city of L’vov in 1979. Arriving with virtually nothing, Rena pined for all her “beautiful things” from home but couldn’t afford to purchase valuable pieces, so she bought “pretty but broken and cheap stuff” at flea markets and set about fixing it. With Rena’s background in the design and manufacture of glass and porcelain and Anatoly’s degree in engineering, they educated themselves well; their work is meticulous, and they’re always in demand by galleries, dealers, and very wealthy private clients.
Their workshop is pristine, fastidiously organized, and well equipped. Among the more intriguing projects underway were a 1,000-year-old wooden Buddha (termites turned his roly-poly tummy into a cavern); a pair of gushingly ornate eighteen-inch gilded vases with eagles on all sides from the Russian imperial factory, probably made for Alexandra II, missing much of their gilding and a spout; and a stunning Mogul treasure box in the shape of a crane, carved from a single piece of jade, that had a dismembered chain and injuries from a previous, poorly executed repair.
New York Magazine. July 26, 1999
ARK has done work for many private and public collections and dealers including
Staatliche Porzellan Manufaktur Meissen
Königliche Porzellan Manufaktur (KPM), Berlin
State Museum of Ceramics, Kuskowo Estate,Moscow
Christie’s, New York
Sotheby’s New York
Numerous private collectors and dealers
Professional Affiliations Include
Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD)
American Ceramic Society
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works