Before & After
Here are some examples of the work we do, using photos of the item before and after antique furniture restoration work to illustrate what repairs can be done.
Regency writing table
The table is a Regency writing table, which was completely repaired and restored. The design for the legs was researched and there are many variations of this model with the identical leg mounts, brass inlay, and brass casters.The finished table shows the leather top and spandrels. The brass moulding on the top edge has been re-gilded as have the mask, mounts on the corners and legs. The drawer fronts are of brass and rosewood which is called contre boulle. (If you can imagine rosewood where the brass is on the drawer fronts it would be boulle, though this work is generally known as boulle.)
The brass leafwork on the tops of the legs have been first made in wood and then cast in brass, chased (carved after to finish and detail them). The same thing with the mounts on the turned columns. The panel in the end (not really visible) is brass and has been engraved.
The table had been in the rain so had to be refinished.
Regency revolving bookcase
Regency revolving bookcase before and after restoration.This unusual bookcase was missing a large number of the false book fronts. Period leather was used to replace the missing spines. The book titles were then tooled on to the leather. In some cases spines from period books beyond repair were used too.
Missing pieces were replaced and matched using period veneers. The old polished surface veneers laid flush with the existing so the bookcase had repairs which would stand the test of time, The bookcase was then lightly cleaned and waxed. Material for the doors was replaced with silk of the clients choice. this bookcase did not originally have brass grills behind the silk.