Bernacki & Associates, Inc.
This rosewood marquetry table exemplifies many design elements of the Regency style, an English furniture style dominant between 1800 and 1830. The round table top is attached to a pedestal base supported by splayed legs terminating in lion’s paw feet, all of which are characteristic of the Regency style. The brass inlay decoration was also a popular feature during this period. Symmetry was another important component of Regency design. Close examination of the inlaid decoration reveals the pieces of veneer used for the large dark petals were cut from the same piece of wood. The use of the nearly identical cuts of veneer placed opposite each other further demonstrates the importance of symmetry in the composition. The tilt-top table design allows the top to be tipped into a vertical position, either to save space or display the decorative design on the table top.
The table top was severely warped and the warping had dramatically distorted the shape of the table top. There were two large cracks associated with the warping which ran across the table top through both the veneer and solid wood substrate.
By Bart Bjorneberg
Bernacki & Associates, Inc.
Two examples of chairs: both French, both from iconic periods and locations of French design and craftsmanship, both from a noted craftsman/designer and their workshops, both upholstered and gilt wood frame armchairs, both water gilded gold leaf, both with extensive gilding losses that were extremely visible, both damaged and needing treatment, both important enough to deserve conservation. The two examples of chairs are comparable in many ways but with completely different levels of problems.
One example is a set of two fauteuils from the second half of the eighteenth century. A fauteuil is style of armchair that has an upholstered seat, back, and armrests, has open arms, and has a primarily exposed wood frame that is often gilded. The set of chairs are stamped on the inside of the back seat rail: “I. GOVDRIN” (the V for a U). This is the stamp of Jean-Baptiste Gourdin, a French furniture maker/carpenter (menuisier) active in Paris from the mid to later part of the eighteenth century (c. 1723-1781). He was the son of Jean Gourdin (c. 1690-1764), the older brother of Michel Gourdin (c. 1724-1797), and the son-in-law of Claude Ferret, all well known master furniture makers as well. This was one of the high points of French decorative arts.
Restoration of Historic Doors
Replication of Historic Style Interiors
New Millwork Created to Blend into Historic Interiors and Buildings
Seeing and Understanding Wood in a Whole New Way
This two-day hands-on workshop is designed specifically for curators, collectors, antique dealers, appraisers, and woodworkers. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize the student with the physical properties of wood and recognize species specific structures. No experience is necessary!
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