Category Archives: pigments

Creating Random Pattern in a Painted Finish

This is a European Pear wood, Louis XVI, French Empire Sofa from the mid-18th century. The image above is the way it appeared when it arrived in our studio. The frame was well-loved by generations though abuses by upholsterers and … Continue reading

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Process: Gustav Stickley Ladderback Chair Finish

Continuing from the Reparation of the Gustav Stickley Ladderback Armchair (Or to begin at the beginning go here.) We began our finish with a quick review of the chair with the repairs completed, above. The chairs were covered with radial … Continue reading

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Repairing Veneer on a Bombe in the Style of Louis XV

Before Repair, Above, and After, Below. This is a lovely bombe which had cracked veneer across the curved door faces.  Someone had previously repaired it long before our current owners took possession.  MPFC treated several areas, but I am posting … Continue reading

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L is for Lead: A-to-Z-Challenge

Let’s talk about lead as in lead paint, shown right in a Mason Monterey Horseshoe-back Chair, especially in the cream, yellow, and greens.  While we are at it, let’s talk about toxic pigments in antique or vintage paints. We love … Continue reading

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D is for Dragon’s Blood: A-to-Z Challenge

Dragon’s Blood is a pigment that was widely used in furniture finishes before and in the early 19th century.  Synthetic dyes and a shift to different preferences in wood species moved makers away from this very popular finish, and of … Continue reading

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