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Cabinet Making Commission Case Study

Restoration of 17th Century Side Table17th Century Side Table

A very important 17th Century Side Table required extensive conservation and restoration with the critical objective being to produce a finished piece of work where it would be difficult to identify that any of the restoration work had been undertaken.

Restoring a 17th Century period pieceThe commission began with each section of the side table being carefully dismantled, and each component mapped, numbered and labelled. Throughout this process considerable care was employed to ensure that the original patina was not damaged in any way.

Cabinet Makers restoring 17th Century Side TableThe entire piece was then re-assembled, using traditional reversible animal glues. Once back together, the original finish was cleaned very carefully and burnished with a series of compositions. The original gilt was still intact under a thick layer of grime, which was also burnished with agate and sealed with a conservation wax.

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