Process: American Empire Seignouret Chair Ca. 1830

by DKP


This is a lovely family heirloom, an American Empire Seignouret Chair made in New York.  It had a soiled needlepoint seat, a seat that was dropping through, and the frame finish needed treatment and preservation. The chair was disassembled, and a seat pattern taken prior to the needlepoint show cover cleaning. The frame was thoroughly inspected and found to be secure, and the finish was cleaned and polished. The seat was reupholstered after the show cover was cleaned; innards were cleaned and reused, and new hair and cotton was added to augment the existing.



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We are a conservation and restoration firm located in the Pacific Northwest, specializing in objects: furniture, but also other objects; wood, stone or metal furniture or objects; lacquered and painted furniture or objects; traditional finishes on furniture or objects; quilts, beaded objects, and some textile reparation and interior architectural elements, such as leather or upholstered walls. When you think about conservation, equate it to restoring the furniture or object the best way possible for the history, life and value of the object. We are fully qualified to perform museum-tectbook treatments, but also flexible enough to work with private clients to allow for daily use of objects. We work West of the Rockies from Canada to Mexico, and once in a while venture beyond the West for specific treatments. Kate and Mitchell Powell are partners in work and in life; we each have our specialties in work and in our marriage. Mitchell is the cat charmer in both! To see our work visit our official website:
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