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.
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.
Copy of the one acknowledged original Elephalet Chapin high chest finial.
I’m resetting this entry now that the bed is finished. Stay tuned.
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A new frame of my design for this family portrait.
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.
Gold leaf being applied.
Completed cartouche mounted on the looking glass.