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Bernacki & Associates, Inc. - Vienna 19th Century Gilt Wood Table

Vienna 19th Century Gilt Wood Table

The table was structurally sound, although there was systemic delaminating of gesso
and gilding throughout the whole piece. Prior repairs were evident, and many were
failing. There were sections of detached carving that had been re-glued and were not
in alignment with the overall composition.

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Bernacki & Associates, Inc. - English Mid 19th Century Mahogany Round Dining Table with 12 Extension Leaves

English Mid 19th Century Mahogany Round Dining Table with
12 Extension Leaves


The diameter, when fully extended, was 132 inches. The table had a telescopic
screw mechanism patented in 1861 by Samuel Hawkins of Bishopsgate, London.

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Bernacki & Associates, Inc. - Wood Carved Eagle

Wood Carved Eagle

When the sculpture arrived at the studio, pieces from the left wing were detached.
There were missing parts, chipping and abrasions along the profile of wings and
feather area. The base had an expansion crack. The finish was worn on the
wings, head and neck.

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Bernacki & Associates, Inc. -  French Style Boulle Work Table

French Style Boulle Work Table

The piece had a tortoise shell ground with inlaid brass. Over time the adhesive that
was used has become weak and seasonal changes have caused the brass to lift and
loosen in many places. Each piece of brass was cleaned of old adhesive, polished
and reapplied.

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Bernacki & Associates, Inc. - 18th Century Serpentine Walnut Secretary

18th Century Serpentine Walnut Secretary

The drop front would not open and close properly. The drawers and case structure
was unstable. One of the drawers did not fit the structure and most of the drawer pulls
were missing. In the secretary interior, the writing surface was dirty, and had
discolored and damaged finish.

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Bernacki & Associates, Inc. -  Pieta by Malvina Hoffman, Wood Relief

Pieta by Malvina Hoffman, Wood Relief
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art


The panel was exposed to flood water and high humidity which caused expansion
cracks and discoloration.

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Bernacki & Associates, Inc. -  Regency Style Marquetry Table with Serpentine Walnut Top

Regency Style Marquetry Table with Serpentine Walnut Top

The front right corner of the serpentine top had an expansion crack running through
the veneer and substrate as well as the carved apron. Several areas of marquetry
veneer were released and lifting from the substrate.

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Bernacki & Associates, Inc. -  Chicago's Blackstone Memorial Library Gilt Plaster

Chicago's Blackstone Memorial Library Gilt Plaster Conservation
and Restoration


The ornamental plaster work surrounding the four magnificent murals by Oliver
Dennett Grover is toned to give a very subtle rubbed patina. There are four different
areas of original toning. There are medium dark green rectangles on the spandrel
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