Years of Use
We had the privilege of restoring an antique Louis XV style desk and extending its legacy.
This heirloom 18th-century style writing desk has sustained years of use, and exposure from sunlight and climate fluctuation. While windows provide a great view and seem to be an ideal spot to sit and work nearby. The sunlight can fade finishes, upholstery, and degrade wood.
When the table arrived at our studio, the areas on the desk that was closest to the window had faded, and the veneered surface was lifting and unstable. Various areas of the veneer were missing. The decorative ormolu was dirty and dull.
The ormolu was removed to access the veneered surface. The metal elements were then lightly cleaned and polished on the high points to bring out the contrast and depth of the ornamental detail.
The veneered surface was stabilized, the areas of veneer loss were mapped, and templates were made. The compromised finish was reduced. Through our collection of contemporary and antique wood veneers, we identified a comparable wood species, and then matched the grain and tone to replace the areas of loss.
Once the veneer was stabilized and the losses filled, the fills were locally toned and harmonized with the surrounding areas. Fresh coats of lacquer were applied to saturate the surface and hand buffed between layers to achieve a uniform sheen. The treated ormolu was then resecured to the desk.
The restored desk has now been put back to use as it was designed over two centuries ago and will be appreciated for centuries to come.
Did you know that antique furniture often withstands damage and uses better than contemporary items? Antiques also add a lot of character and can become a focal point within a room.
Do you have a piece that needs attention? Contact us today, we can treat items in our studio, but can also make house calls to treat pieces onsite.