R. D. Carone & Company was opened on Adams Street in Bedford Hills, in September of 1977, by Richard Carone.
Mr. Carone, known to his friends as Rick, is a lifelong woodworker. Rick learned his craft working for some of the most demanding reproduction furniture makers in the area, after having worked as an electrical engineer for more than a decade. When he opened his shop, he combined the best equipment and supplies with the finest craftsmen he could hire. By 1980 the shop was building custom, hand built pedestal dining tables.
The company provided restoration services to dealers from Boston to New York, and included all the luminary Americana dealers of the time. Working with these dealers Rick, became intimately familiar with the market requirements of restoration, and the sometimes idiosyncratic demands of the dealers.
Over the next decades the company built sideboards, servers, vanities, and stands in ever increasing levels of sophistication. The pieces are usually reproductions of late Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and early Nineteenth Century English and American antiques. The restoration services have provided the company with examples of how things should be built, and what they should look like after years of service. That teaching has been incorporated into everything Rick builds. A master furniture maker, he has combined traditional methods and tools, in a modern state of the art shop.
The company has worked on furniture by many of the legendary makers including John Townsend, Thomas Seymour, and Duncan Phyfe. These investment quality antiques demand the most conservative repairs and restoration. It is an honor to work on these pieces, but the more commonplace heirloom pieces are often more challenging and satisfying projects.
Regardless of the value of the piece, a carefully prepared proposal, based on cost justifiability is always given to the customer.