Het Loo Giltwood Mirror
This magnificent 10 foot high mirror in giltwood and Vernis Martin (a form of imitation coloured lacquer), was made in 1888 by the French furniture designer Louis Majorelle. It was commissioned by King Willem III and Queen Emma as part of a suite for the Royal Palace of Het Loo at Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.
After removing the mirror plate and giltwood from the frame, I repaired, cleaned and restored the carvings, gilding, painting and lacquer work.
Below is a copy of Majorelle's invoice showing the cost of the mirror and other items made for the Royal Palace.
'1 grand miroir LXV bois sculpté et doré avec peintures vernis martin 3200 frs'
A fantastic pair of 10 feet high French gilt and lacquered display cabinets with Japanese shibayama panels, mirrored interiors and glazed sides, Circa 1880.
My restoration included the cabinet woodwork, carving repairs, decoration, gilt work, door interior lacquer work and re-finishing and re-working recent bad carvings, exterior lacquer decorations, and construction "repairs" to the doors.
Lacquer Centre Table
This Japanese "Monkey" centre table was exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition, The Crystal Palace, London. It was purchased by William Spencer Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire (1790-1858) for his home, Chatsworth House. The fur covered carved wood monkeys, are dressed in brocade jackets, and hold up a silk covered carved tree trunk column which supports a highly decorated Nagasaki-style mother of pearl inlaid lacquer top.
Restorations included carving, fabric, fur, hair, papier mache, gesso and plaster repair, decoration and lacquer work.
The images below show the table in the Oak Room of Chatsworth and the exhibition in The Crystal Palace.
An Indian Rosewood, pewter, copper and mother of pearl inlaid quatrefoil table by Italian cabinet maker Eugenio Quarti, circa 1900. Now exhibited in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France, Inventory number OAO 2077.
General restoration included cabinet work, repaired and replaced metal and mother of pearl inlays, cleaning and hand polishing.
Inlaid Writing Cabinet
A large impressive writing cabinet in kingwood, padauk, rosewood and mahogany, inlaid with mother of pearl, ebony and brass. Circa 1860, and attributed to French cabinet maker Gabriel Viardot.
Extensive restoration included cabinet and veneer work, mother of pearl, brass inlays, metal mouldings, carving repairs and replacements, cleaning and hand polishing.
Gilt Console Table
One from a pair of fantastic gilt consoles with Italian specimen marble tops, each table bearing the Gort family coat-of-arms, circa 1850.
Restoration included cabinet, carving work and replacements, gesso and gilt repairs, complete water and oil re-gild of one table to match the other.
Ebony and Gilt Snooker Table
A superb ebony and gilt English antique snooker table by Cox and Yeman, London, Circa 1895. This Victorian table was made for James Blyth, 1st Baron Blyth (1841-1925) 33 Portland Place, London.
Restoration included extensive cabinet and veneer work, hand polishing, turnings, carvings and full giltwood repair and re-gild.
Pair of demi-lune bow and arrow tables
A pair of ormolu mounted satinwood and inlaid tables, with bow and arrow features, made by French cabinet maker Georges-François Alix’ (1846-1906).
General restoration included cabinet and inlay work, stain removal to tops, ormolu cleaning and hand polishing.
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