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A Regency mahogany cross-banded table. The finish on the base had perished and was carefully cleaned then re-french polished.

The top had faded to a pale colour and had worn through in places, to maintain this pale patina it was carefully cleaned then revived using a french polishing rubber and pale shallac.

The hinges were fitted with the wrong size screws so they were removed and holes plugged and hinges refitted using correct size scews. The screws used were reclaimed early 19th century to ensure authenticity.
Close up of the worn, faded finish prior to restoration.
Detail of the perished polish on the turned pedestal base.
Table being french polished to revive the original colour and finish.
A view of the restored table with the leaves down.
Charles II Walnut Carved Chair.
This chair suffered serious damage due to woodworm which had affected many of the joints.
Many of the tenon and pegged joints were grafted and the barley twist turned sections were replaced due to wood worm.
A close up view of some of the grafts to maintain the appearance of originality and age.
The chair after restoration with the finish matched in with the original 17th century pigment varnish. The cane seat was also replaced.
Close up of one of the replacement barley twists
The chair was carefully restored using traditional techniques and materials including english walnut, animal glues and pigment varnishes.
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