17th Century Italian Chest of Drawers
This reproduction of a 17th Century Italian Chest of Drawers probably dates from the 1920's. With top veneer backed with other veneer, and a plywood back, it is clearly not an original. But it is a relatively high quality imitation. Much of the veneer on the surface has original inlays to fill in defects common in burl veneers, as would be seen in Italian period antique furniture. The Dutchman inlays must be cut to precisely match these missing elements, then bleached and touched up to match the color and patina of the adjacent veneers. French polishing is the final step before waxing, to imitate period furniture.