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Antique Finishes Case Study

Chippendale Console Serving TableChippendale Console Serving Table

The Chippendale Console Serving Table, attributed to Thomas Chippendale, was commissioned by the owners of Tissington Hall, clearly displayed the recognisable design and craftsmanship expected from arguably the most famous of 18th Century English furniture makers.

Before the current restoration could commence, all previous and inappropriate restoration or later additions were removed. Then, period timber was carefully sourced from either pieces beyond economic repair or from our collected stock of ancient timbers - in this case selecting timber dated to around the 1750-60 period.

Restoring The Antique Finish on a piece by Chippendale

The work was extensive, in particular to all of the six legs, which involved carving and fitting gadroon moulding to both front and side faces, replacing missing sections to the brackets, arch work and fitting and shaping blind fretwork to five out of the six legs. On four of the legs, work constructing and replacing triangular detailed was also required – all of which was hand carved in the traditional style. The middle left hand leg also required egg and dart moulding to be firmly secured.

The table suffered from a dark shellac finish that was carefully removed by dry scraping across the surface, this revealed a beautiful finish beneath. Finally the piece was traditionally finished using natural materials throughout.

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