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Restoration and Conservation

Water Damaged William Moore of Dublin Marquetry Satinwood and Harewood card table.

A water spillage had caused mineral staining, lifting and distortion of veneer and inlays.

The treatment began by dissolving the damaged polish and bleaching the mineral staining.

Then the veneers were dampened and glue fed under delaminated areas. Warm flat pads (cauls) were applied overnight to consolidate and level the veneer and inlays.

The damaged area was then coloured and polished to replicate the aesthetic appearance of the surrounding tabletop.

Fire damaged marquetry door panel from a Japanese Bureau

This marquetry panel, only 80mm x 120mm in size, had been severely scorched by a candle flame. The marquetry had sustained losses, discolouration and glue lines weakened.

Any marquetry that could be saved was consolidated and re-coloured.

The missing area was re-cut, glued in place, coloured and finished to blend with the existing surface.

19th Century Gothic Bookcase from Chippendales Director

This bookcase had its glazing bars removed for display purposes in a shop in the USA.

The second and third photographs illustrate carving in progress that was needed to patch losses and replace the missing elements.

After careful colour matching and polishing, the glazing bars were applied to the glazed doors.

The final photograph features the bookcase complete with its glazing bars applied.

Water damaged Art Deco Burr Elm veneered Cabinet

The treatment required re-laying of the veneer with hide glue and mild bleaching of the stains.

The top was then colour adjusted and re-polished with a wax finish.


Replica of a Cherrywood Sofa

Replica of a Gainsborough Chair

Replica of an 18th Century Oak Dresser

Replica of The table for Househill by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

My table was made in oak, like the original, and painted white.