Conservation and Restoration of Fine Furniture and Objects
Finish Conservation
French pollishing

Shellac sets very rapidly. In the above photograph, there are visible circular strokes made during applying shellac with a French polishing pad.

Queen Ann Highboy - detail before treatment
Queen Ann Highboy - detail after treatment

Detail of a Queen Ann highboy, as seen before and after conservation by Bernacki & Associates

Bernacki & Associates has the ability to restore and create any coating from traditional to contemporary. Antique, natural finish materials may be oil based or derived from tree resin. As natural finishes enhance the wood beauty, the modern coatings provide the durability for objects in frequent use.

Shellac flakes

Walnut Oil

Examples of natural finishes, shellac flakes and walnut oil

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