Restoration
   

Early Georgian Walnut veneered Chest on Chest.

 

An early 18th century walnut chest on chest with quite desirable features, including the arrangement of oak lined drawers, brushing slide, canted corners to the top half , and a nicely proportioned moulded cornice and bracket feet.

Fairly original in condition but with the typical problems found on such furniture; loose joints and mouldings, lifting and damaged veneers and a few poor previous repairs.

 

 

Chests of drawers in all their forms have many parts & many joints. Here having cornice, end grain mouldings and cross banded & veneered fronts, restoration work can be very time consuming.

 

The construction of the drawer fronts are quite complex on pieces of this period; the oak drawer fronts have edges of walnut end grain moulding, face veneers of book matched figured walnut, bordered with a herring bone banding, then a cross banding overlapping the end grain edge moulding; after 250 years this typically needs some careful attention. A certain amount of shrinkage and bowing of end grain mouldings in pieces of this period is to be expected and so such signs of age would not necessarily be reversed, only stabilised.

The rather poorly fitted existing handles were clear replacements with evidence of at least 3 different styles fitted over the years. Clues were left showing the size and shape of the originals and so matching replacements have been fitted.

 

 

After restoration, a beautiful, functional piece of furniture,  with enhanced value and conserved for decades to come. Such a piece if not restored would quickly deteriorate, loose value and reach a stage where it would be more difficult and costly to restore.