From the Crowe Collection this piece came to us stripped.
We do not strip pieces, and this was also chemically stripped.
At most we skip sand items to raise grain for finish work.
The stripping not only left minor cracks, but raised the grain in an unhelpful manner. We first sanded the raw lifted grain up to facilitate finish work.
It appeared to us that the side table was originally Straw Yellow, which the granddaughter confirmed, as she remembered it from her youth.
It has beautiful California tiles intact!
One of the front decorative pieces was missing, and Mitchell crafted a replica.
We secured it and also secured the original so it would not get lost.
Finally, Kate painted it in the original color,
Straw Yellow, which is a undercoat of a yellow oil paint
with a topcoat of Smokey Maple glaze.
We have it for sale on our website
but frankly Kate’s not keen on parting with it!
Written by Kate Powell ©MPF Conservation.
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