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Desks + Cabinets + Chests of Drawers

French Oriental Motif Marquetry Empire Revival  Marble Top Chestcleaning furnitureThis page is dedicated to desks and storage units. Leather tops, marble tops, and ormolu images are also included on this page. For more information go back to our opening page on Wooden Objects.

 

Late 19th Century Third Empire French Chinoiserie
Chest of Drawers with Marble Top

French Oriental Motif Marquetry Empire Revival  Marble Top ChestFrench Oriental Motif Marquetry Empire Revival  Marble Top ChestA family piece was structurally damaged from moves (it came to us tied to hold it together). The marquetry is distinctly oriental, showing scenes of men and women playing with cats, possibly dying garments, and cooking dinner.
Third Empire French Chinoiserie Chest of DrawersThird Empire French Chinoiserie Chest of DrawersThird Empire French Chinoiserie Chest of Drawers
Above, three vignettes on the front.
Below, the right-facing side and left-facing side vingnettes.
Third Empire French Chinoiserie Chest of DrawersThird Empire French Chinoiserie Chest of Drawers
The chest is created from mahogany, satinwood, lime wood, holly and European white oak. The finish showed thermochromatic (heat) damage, especially along the sides. The chest was exposed to wood smoke, oil heat and nicotine. A previous over-coating of orange shellac covered the piece, and many poor infills in inappropriate colors were scattered on the front and legs. Our goal was to stabilize it, clean it, and expose the original finish where possible. The chest was entirely disassembled, and drawers and glides were stabilized or repaired. MPFC cleaned the surface thoroughly. We did not remove the putty-like infill, but took some of the topcoat of orange shellac from the piece, brightening it. Waxing and polishing brought out the rich colors of the wood and finish below. Before, left, and after treatment, right below.
French Oriental Motif Marquetry Empire Revival  Marble Top ChestFrench Oriental Motif Marquetry Empire Revival  Marble Top Chest
French Oriental Motif Marquetry Empire Revival  Marble Top ChestFrench Oriental Motif Marquetry Empire Revival  Marble Top Chest

Ormolu was removed and thoroughly cleaned of dirt, repaired as necessary, and polished just enough to brighten to the appearance of a well-appointed piece, below.
French Oriental Motif Marquetry Empire Revival  Marble Top Chest OrmoluFrench Oriental Motif Marquetry Empire Revival  Marble Top Chest OrmoluFrench Oriental Motif Marquetry Empire Revival  Marble Top Chest Ormolu

The original marble top was thoroughly cleaned of nicotine,
wood smoke and oil heat, then polished, below.
Marble topmarble top

 


American Arts & Crafts Greek Revival Buffet Ca. 1900

arts & craftsThis family heirloom was badly damaged from years
of celebrations, and held many good memories. Hot foods and wax candles had caused thermochromatic damage to the oak veneer, and there were chips and gouges on the top and sides. We thoroughly cleaned the finish, repaired the veneer, repaired drawer glides and the outside back panel, and repaired the damaged finish, then waxed. The color shift is partly due to our cameras and lighting, and partly due to the deepening of the finish as it was repaired. Before, left, and after treatment, right.
Arts & Crafts BuffetArts & Crafts Buffet
Arts & Crafts BuffetArts & Crafts Buffet

Arts & Crafts BuffetArts & Crafts Buffet

 

American Walnut Chest of Drawers Ca. 1920

American Walnut Chest of DrawersAmerican Walnut Chest of DrawersThis chest of drawers was a family heirloom, and had several accident leaving the finish on the top compromised. We cleaned and repaired the finish on the top, replaced missing veneer on the front, repaired the carcass structure so drawers would once again open smoothly, refitted leg casters, waxed and polished the entire chest.
American Chest Drawers Ca 1920American Walnut Chest of Drawers Ca. 1920
American Walnut Chest of DrawersAmerican Walnut Chest of Drawers

 

Kentucky Livery Cabinet Ca. 1830

A family heirloom, this Livery Cabinet was passed down thought several generations. We believe it was made in Kentucky, with a Germanic influence. The piece had a broken and missing top edge, broken base, and the finish was in poor condition. We reproduced the missing pieces from vintage wood, infilled holes, reglued and repaired unstable areas, and protected the finish, which also enhanced the patina. KENTUCKY LIVERY CABINET RESUME
LIVERY CABINETLIVERY CABINET
Before, above, and after treatment, below.
Kentucky Livery CabinetKentucky Livery Cabinet

 

American Greek Revival Chest of Drawers Ca. 1910

American Greek Revival Chest of DrawersA family heirloom, this chest of drawers had many accidents over its many years of use. Perfume bottles, white rings from water glasses, spills of colored liquid, and numerous scratches had marred the surface, plus the usual nicks, dings, and gouges. Ammonia had been sprayed on the mirror surface, and had seeped into the wood and finish around the mirror. The owner had tried to refinish it herself then decided to bring it to us, so we also had to match the sanded side and drawers with the older finish. Our goal was not perfection, but to bring the piece back to an acceptable appearance with its aged
flaws as part of its history. To that end, we did no sanding other than to lightly
etch the surface. We thoroughly cleaned the piece, amalgamated deep holes,
repaired the minor woodworking issues, then began the long process of finish infill, ending with a wax top coat for protection. This project is both conservation
and restoration with using conservation and traditional techniques.
AMERICAN GREEK REVIVAL CHEST OF DRAWERS RESUME
American Greek Revival Chest of Drawers
Before, above, and after treatment, below.
American Greek Revival Chest of Drawers

 

Modern Brazil Wood Desk + Credenza CA. 1960

Modern Brazil Wood CredenzaModern Brazil Wood CredenzaA family with a collection of modern classics had this desk from the grandfather's office, bleached by sun and caustic cleanings agents, plus dings and other abrasions. The grain was open and unprotected. Their grandfather was now in a wheelchair and the family wanted the desk modified without damaging it to allow for his chair to fit. We treated the conditions and created a reversible prosthetic. MODERN BRAZIL WOOD DESK & MODERN BRAZIL WOOD CREDENZA
Modern Brazil Wood DeskModern Brazil Wood Desk
Before, left, and after treatment, right.

 

Sheraton Kidney Leather-Topped Desk Ca. 1950

Sheraton Kidney Leather-Topped DeskSheraton Kidney Leather-Topped DeskA family heirloom, this kidney shaped Sheraton mid-twentieth century leather topped desk was in poor condition. The finish on the body of the desk was experiencing loss due to the move from a moist climate to a dry climate; the leather top had many problems besides a layer of deep grime form decades of use. The desk was beloved by the owner, who saw her mother use it her whole life; however, costs needed to be reasonable. MPFC thoroughly cleaned the piece, repaired the finish losses on the body of the desk, and cleaned the leather top. We did not infill color loss to the leather top. SHERATON KIDNEY LEATHER-TOPPED DESK
Sheraton Kidney Leather-Topped DeskSheraton Kidney Leather-Topped Desk
Before, left, and after treatment, right.
Sheraton Kidney Leather-Topped DeskSheraton Kidney Leather-Topped Desk

 

American Federal Chest of Drawers Ca. 1810

EMPIRE CHEST DRAWRSEMPIRE CHEST DRAWERSOur private client has a great deal of heirloom early American historical furniture; this piece was one of her later pieces. The finish was extremely damaged with nail polish, scrapes, gouges, and loss of color. Both drawers and the carcass had structural failures. AMERICAN FEDERAL CHEST OF DRAWERS RESUME

 

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