Finishes Case Study
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
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
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.