FRENCH WALNUT COUNTY BUFFET
Our client’s French Walnut Country Buffet was created in the mid to late 17th century.
The finish, likely original, has not been tampered with any modern finish materials…
It has a lovely patina that we will preserve and enhance.
FIRST IN-STUDIO ASSESSMENT
An in-studio assessment begins as we are readying for the excavation.
Every side is photographed; everything we notice is detailed.
Many overall images are taken so that if we open up the buffet and find something unnoticed we can see it in an image from before we disassembled the buffet.
Our “before” images are our reference documents!
Some of the obvious items we assessed in their home.
Everything might not be repaired, and everything is discussed prior to reparation.
We have a relationship with our client
to inform and come to agreement about protocol.
The buffet is built with two interior shelving areas.
Above, the largest, uses the center door and the right-facing door;
the interior has shelving and support issues.
The center door hings will be thoroughly checked once they are off the carcass
for possible compromised areas… this “tune up” is a wise thing to do when a piece
is in the studio because it is better to repair issues when everything is apart.
The right-facing door has compromised hinges, and a split in the frame.
We have the missing escutcheon, thankfully.
The drawers are a great example of damages that may not be repaired at this time, however, during excavation we are certain we will find compromised drawer skids!
The left-facing interior shelving area is the one which has the large opening where the outside panel has slide backwards leaving a huge crack. We will repair this and examine the hinges for stability when the door is removed.
At some time the interior shelf was removed and a plywood shelf was inserted;
the stanchions were compromised. This will be repaired.
As stated above, the drawers are a great example of damages
that may not be repaired at this time.
To show all the repairs in this buffet would be monumental;
we will offer a sampling of the many preservation/conservation repairs performed.
Next post, we excavate (disassemble) the carcass.
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Written by Kate Powell, ©MPF Conservation.
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This piece is a beauty but the inside of the doors is even prettier. Such craftsmanship…. Looking forward to your repairs.
This looks like a lot of work, Kate. I am very interested to see how you guys proceed. I really wouldn’t know where to start. Good luck!