Dating furniture legs
This early 18th century Walnut chest had suffered extensive woodworm damage and neglect, but was 90% complete.
After careful reconstruction of the damage done by fitting knobs the piece was french polished and waxed.
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The replacement gilding here was 23.25ct gold leaf carefully matched to the original gilding, applied in the traditional manner.
The case needed a full restoration as the Japanned finish was lost on the sides and badly damaged on the front. This important late 17th century marriage cassonne had suffered damage to it's cut gesso and polychrome decoration.
The damaged area was isolated using a reversible barrier coat before restoration began This pretty folding mahogany coaching table was reproduced from a photograph, as you can see some alterations were made to the original dimensions and design by adding a bespoke brass arrow detail and a handmade brass catch.
I am told that I can fix it myself but that they can not do anything.
After removal and shaping, files were softened - shaped and re-tempered into scrapers to produce an authentic finish and witness toolmarks.A Victorain Pot Cupboard having suffered extensive woodworm damage and neglect, but 99% complete.After Careful re-gluing and doweling of the ring, some minor veneer repairs the piece was french polished and waxed.A difficult break in this walnut fauteuil was carefully built up using 7 different splices of old walnut to provide an almost invisible and very strong repair.
FTIR was used to establish repair history and allow controlled reversibility.
Final frame repairs are done before the new carefully colour matched bole is applied.