ADTONY FUSCO & ROBERT FOUR PRESENT...
ART & DESIGN OF THE
20TH & 21ST CENTURIES
art + antiques
40 Exhibitors from
the US & Europe
offering 108 years
of fine art, furniture,
sculpture and jewelry.
The first show and
sale of its kind ever
Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street in the South End
Gala Preview April 3 to Benefit
Friday, 1pm-9pm, Saturday 11am-8pm,
Sunday 11am-5pm Admission $15
Special Guest speakers and programs
throughout the weekend.
Art Deco • Art Nouveau • Mid-Century
Modern & Today’s Avant Garde
drying racks await recuperating patients. “I’ll
test a small corner to see how it reacts,” says
Baptiste of how she first evaluates a restoration
project. “But it’s important not to do anything
that may put stress on the piece, and to handle
it gently and as little as possible.”
The walls in the studio are all hushed
creams and whites and everything is rendered
pale golden by light filtered through the floor-to-ceiling paned windows. The atmosphere is
serene, with few distractions for Baptiste as she
negotiates complex restorations.
Among her most exacting jobs was a thorough update of an antique Japanese folding
screen that once belonged to Henry Adams.
Baptiste carefully peeled back the floral silk
and replaced the brittle paper lining that covered the wooden framework before reattaching the silk.
“That piece was mostly of interest because of the family history,” says Baptiste. “But
if something isn’t worth much because it’s in
poor condition, restoring will make it much
Some of Baptiste’s clients aren’t motivated by money or family. She recently started
sorting through plastic bags full of shredded
newspaper that an architecture firm asked her
to assess. The yellow pages were found stuffed
in the walls of a historic home, where they
likely served as insulation. Baptiste’s mission
is to make sense of the puzzle of newsprint