Italian Directoire Period Marquetry Chest French Repair and French Polished
 
   

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Restoration of 18th Century Italian Directoire Period Chest of Drawers

The Chest  had considerable lifting of marquetry, and delamination of veneers, caused in part by shrinkage of the underlying carcase. The loose elements were trimmed and re-glued using hot hide glue. After repairs to marquetry, the Chest was touched up and French polished to a "mirror" finish. This is a laborious process, to build up the finish in hundreds of layers. The resulting finish is very clear and glossy.

 

Chest had intensive losses of marquetry and loose veneer, caused by shrinkage across the grain of the underlying carcase.
Spaces between the carcase boards were filled in with wood inlays from inside to stabilize the marquetry above.

Chest had intensive losses of marquetry and loose veneer, caused by shrinkage across the grain of the underlying carcase. Spaces between the carcass boards were filled in with wood inlays from inside to stabilize the marquetry above, loose veneer was adhered by heating, missing veneer inlaid, and the finish restored by touching-up and French polishing to a mirror finish using shellac, at the and thinned to pure alcohol content.

Loose veneer was adhered by heating, missing veneer inlaid.
Finish restored by touching-up and French polishing to a mirror finish using shellac, at the and thinned to pure alcohol content.


By Peter Triestman

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