We would like to introduce you to Ellen Baronin Bánffy, Auctionata expert in German Antique Furniture 18th and 19th C.
Growing up with arts and antiques, Ellen Baronin Bánffy developed a fascination for the arts of craftsmanship. After her studies of art history, the expert opted for a practical training and successfully completed an apprenticeship at the renowned joinery Herbert Straub for arts and antiques in Starnberg.
After several years of working with restorer and wood carver Ulrich Grams in Munich, Baronin Bánffy founded her own restoration workshop in 1980. As a member of the Restorer's Association (Verband der Restauratoren - VDR) and the German Foundation for Monument Protection (Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz), she promotes methods of restoring antique furniture authentically and historically as well as for the preservation order.
Countless valuable pieces of furniture and different art objects have crossed the expert's path since then. However, copies or not fully authentic pieces are not uncommon. She encountered items built together of different parts over the years and used as a complete piece of furniture. Those objects are neither fakes nor originals. They are a special challenge for Ellen Baronin Bánffy and enable her to further sharpen her eye for authentic and false pieces.
Her long-standing practical experience and work as independent appraiser for antique furniture as well as valuable household goods characterizes her expertise. By using historical working methods, which are also a prerequisite for admission into the Restorer's Association, she is preserving and restoring furniture and wood objects for private and business clients.
Ellen Baronin Bánffy currently lives and works in Egling-Attenham, south of Munich.