All types of condition defects in antique and fine furniture ranging from simple country work to the most elaborate salon masterpieces are routinely and successfully treated in our expertly staffed and well equipped labs. Our highly-skilled artisans provide world-class treatments which satisfy the criteria of the most discerning collectors and entrepreneurs.
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The Chevy Chase Sideboard, Gerrard Robinson (English, 1834-1891), c.1863
A magnificent example of Victorian master craftsmanship, this sideboard tells the story of the medieval Ballad of Chevy Chase. Its meticulous detailing has made the Chevy Chase sideboard an icon of Victorian furniture, and this piece is considered by many to be the finest work created during the 19th century.
Damaged by water during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the sideboard was brought to The Center for careful restoration of its deteriorated, warped and discolored surfaces. Treatment included cleaning, flattening and securing bowed and loose veneers, securing lost and damaged joints, closing and filling splits and other restoration techniques.
For an in-depth look at the restoration process, please read this article.
Dutch-style reliquary, Belgium, c. 1600's. Wood, glass, bone, and fabric. 58 x 30 x 8 in.
This old piece was extremely fragile and prone to breaking, as the case was riddled with wormholes and large portions of the wood had broken away; it was initially brought to the Center because the front glass panel had shattered (left). The conservators built a mount for the weakened case and replaced the broken glass (right). For more information about this treatment, including how the conservators decided which paint layer to keep, please read this article.
Chair with Jade Accents, Chinese, Rosewood and stone, 44 x 27.5 in.
The jade decorations on this chair had been set in place with glue that had long since perished, and previous attempts to re-adhere the pieces left errant glue and misplaced pieces in the design (left). To treat them, all the stone pieces were removed and the old adhesive cleaned from them and the chair; they were refitted to the incised design along with replacement resin elements (right).