The entire upper assembly had been lost. I researched it through the Gordon Russell school/museum with help from their staff, and working from original drawings, recreated the ratcheted looking glass and support assembly. (Restored much of the ebonized stringing that had been lost as well.) English walnut.
Art Deco hotel panel
6’x8′ decorative panel from western hotel lobby. Major conservation of losses to abalone veneer and impact damage to gilded passages. Frame made with silver and aluminum leaf details.
For those who are interested, many “split” turnings in the 17th and 18th centuries are not complete halves. This is why. They were turned whole, then sawn in half, and the sawn surfaces flattened. They were then inserted as chair back spindles, or glued onto furniture as ornaments. If it looks right…it is right.
Tinges clock hood. Restored scroll work
Vose style work table
Empire Pier Table
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This pier table had been subjected to serious water damage, deposited accretions, lost metal mounts and finish damage. The appearance was greatly improved after treatment. The ormolu mounts needed to be cleaned. Lost veneer, finish damage, lost metal mounts and a lot of crud on the surface. After treatment was completed.
Carved and Gilded Cartouche
This cartouche, including the shell, had been lost from the early 18th century English looking glass. I carved and gilded the recreation based on research into a related group of looking glasses.
Carving in progress with detailing being laid out.
Carving almost finished.
Finished carving with gesso applied.
Red clay bole applied…ready for gold.
Gold leaf being applied.
Completed cartouche mounted on the looking glass.
Conservation of secrétaire à abattant, by Michel Bouvier
I carried out conservation on this secrétaire à abattant, originally owned by Joseph Bonaparte, is in the collection of the Philadelphia Athenaeum.
Making old furniture
Tall clock case carving restored
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Tall clock hood with restored cornice ornaments