Restoration Example - commode
View of petite commode before restoration.
Veneer on this mid 18th century
“petite commode” was lifting everywhere with many pieces missing. This is
common problem to veneered furniture. The restoration procedure is to find
all the places where the veneer is loose, clean up all of the old crystallized
glue and re-glue the veneer. This is done using the same type of hide glue
used in its original construction. New veneer was cut from a block of corresponding
wood and the missing pieces of veneer replaced.
View of petite commode after restoration.
As you can see, after the “aging” and finishing
of the new parts, the repair is absolutely invisible. The rest of the finish
has only been revitalized. As a result of this restoration, the life expectancy
of this little treasure has been extended for another 250 years.
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