About-Bio

Kevin Cross Studio is an art and design studio located in Redding, Connecticut, that specializes in decorative painting and gilding as applied to interior furnishings.

We create traditional style decorative art, as well as East Asian style lacquer art. We also restore antique furniture, paint or re-paint furniture provided by a client, and collaborate with woodworkers and other artisans to fulfill custom furniture commissions.

In the navigation bar at right are links to photos illustrating some of the many projects that we have completed.

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For more information, please email Kevin at  kevincross@optimum.net or call 203 938 9818.

To view our affiliate online store, Eric Lyn Antiques and Art, which is hosted on Chairish, use the following link:

https://www.chairish.com/shop/ericlynantiques

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Kevin Cross, Principal

Kevin Cross Studio and Eric Lyn Antiques and Art

Kevin Cross’s experience with restoration began years ago at a small marina on the San Francisco Bay, where he learned to refinish the woodwork on boats.

He soon developed an interest in restoring furniture and, following a growing desire to learn more about antiques, moved to New York City in 1977, where he began working for various antique dealers and restoration companies.

In 1987, Kevin opened his own painting and gilding studio in the Tribeca area of lower Manhattan. A subsequent move to a larger space in Soho also coincided with a change in direction, with the company placing a greater focus on creating custom painted furniture and decorative art.

After many years in New York, Kevin Cross Studio moved to its present location in Redding, CT

Dianna Nelson, Associate

Dianna Nelson’s affiliation with Kevin Cross Studio began in 2004. Her contributions include research and design, painting, gilding, and photography.

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KEVINCROSSSTUDIO.COM

KEVINCROSS@OPTIMUM.NET

203-938-9818

406A  REDDING ROAD

REDDING, CT.   06896

Louis XVI Painted Cabinet

Louis XVI Painted Cabinet

Custom commission for Michael Whaley Interiors, Inc.

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English Demi Lune Table Top

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English Demi Lune Table Top

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English Demi Lune Table Top

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English Demi Lune Table Top

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English Demi Lune Table Top

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English Paint Decorated Satinwood Table Top

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English Paint Decorated Satinwood Demi Lune Table Top

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English Paint Decorated Satinwood Demi Lune Table Top

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English Paint Decorated Satinwood Table Top

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Black Lacquer Panels


Black Lacquer Panels

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The seven panels shown above were part of an installation that also included four crown moldings, an over door panel, a door frame, and a window frame. The original concept was based upon a set of Italian antique green and gold panels. Each of these panels were divided vertically into three parts; the top portion in the style of a rococo arabesque, the center area comprised of a framed porcelain plate set within a diaper pattern contained by rococo flourishes, and the bottom part a chinoiserie scene under another diaper pattern bordered by more scrolls and foliate elements.  Based upon that information, the project model that I made is shown below.

Rococo Style Lacquer Panel

The type of porcelain used was not clear from the photographs, so in making my model, I selected a Kakiemon pattern of “tiger, bamboo, prunus”. A plate of that design is shown below.

In preparing the model,  I changed the colors a bit, and adapted the design to fit on my small wooden “plate”.

During the design process, there was a change in direction. Under the revised plan the art work would be in the style of English chinoiserie, with the overall design adapted from Chinese black lacquer screens . The model is shown below.

English Style Lacquer Panel

At this point, the only element of the original plan that was retained was the effect of the colorful porcelain plates, which were to be of an Imari design. Instead of featuring them in the center of each panel, an idea was conceived of placing two plates on each of the four walls within the gilded framework of the uniquely designed lacquer crown molding. Ultimately, instead of porcelain, a decision was made to substitute painted plates, as shown below.

 Detail of Crown Molding Showing Painted Wooden Plates

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Louis XVI White Lacquer Cabinet

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Louis XVI White Lacquer Cabinet

Custom commission

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Regency Black Lacquer Cabinet

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Regency lacquer cabinet

Regency Black Lacquer Cabinet

Custom commission for Michael Whaley Interiors, Inc.

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Paintings – Project Models

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French Rococo Painting

Oil on canvas.

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Italian Neoclassical Painting

Oil on canvas.

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Painted Cabinet Doors and Panels

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Neoclassical Panel

One of four doors for a large media cabinet.

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Flower and Bird Art

Two door and two side panels for an Arts and Crafts cabinet.

Oil on linen mounted on board.

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Four Floral Bouquets

Four door panels for a media cabinet.

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Pair of Bouquets in Baskets

Painted in oil on the doors of an English armoire.

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 Neoclassical Panel

One of a pair for a media cabinet.

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Neoclassical Design

Painted in oil on the front of a French chest of drawers.

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Painted Table Tops 1

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Neoclassical Table Top

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Italian Neoclassical Table Top

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Louis XVI Table Top

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Neoclassical Table Top

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English Table Top

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English Pembroke Table Top

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Neoclassical Table Top

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Regency Center Table Top

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Regency Center Table Top

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Egyptian Center Table Top

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Faux Marble Center Table Top

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Painted Table Tops Round

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Regency Center Table Top

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English Pembroke Table Top

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Regency Center Table Top

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Egyptian Center Table Top

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Faux Marble Center Table Top

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