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Services >> Veneer Restoration
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Wood veneer is a thin layer of fine wood usually
applied over a more common species of wood.
This veneer can be applied as a plain layer or as
marquetry, an intricate design, picture or
decorative pattern.

Adhesive can degrade over time and veneer
objects that are exposed to severe temperature
or humidity changes will shrink or lift from its
foundation. Veneer can also simply chip off due
to wear. Additionally, veneers are made from other
materials such as ivory, bone, mother-of-pearl,
tortoiseshell, stone, brass and various metals.


BOULLE WORK

Boulle work is a distinctive form of marquetry
decoration making use of metal and other veneers,
usually brass and tortoise shell, to form a rich
pattern. It takes its name from André-Charles
Boulle, ébenisté [contemporary: cabinetmaker]
to Louis XIV, who perfected but did not invent
a technique known in Italy since the late
17th century.
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Bernacki & Associates, Inc. -  In this piece there were large areas  of cracked, missing, worn and lifting veneer that was re-glued and reinforced throughout the entire body. New veneer  of the same wood and grain direction was applied and finished to match the original. Bernacki & Associates, Inc. -  This is an example of a decorative table top where many areas of marquetry were  released and were lifting from substrate. The conservators meticulously  consolidated all lifting and releasing inlaid  marquetry using natural adhesives.

In the above piece there were large areas
of cracked, missing, worn and lifting
veneer that was re-glued and reinforced
throughout the entire body. New veneer
of the same wood and grain direction
was applied and finished to match the
original. See: Special Projects - An 18th
century European serpentine walnut
secretary
.


This is an example of a decorative table
top where many areas of marquetry were
released and were lifting from substrate.
The conservators meticulously
consolidated all lifting and releasing inlaid
marquetry using natural adhesives.
See: Special Projects - Regency style
marquetry table with serpentine
walnut top.

Bernacki & Associates, Inc. -  Veneers can be made of other  materials such as ivory, bone, mother-of-pearl,  tortoiseshell, stone, brass and various metals. Bernacki & Associates, Inc. -  Veneers can be made of other  materials such as ivory, bone, mother-of-pearl,  tortoiseshell, stone, brass and various metals.

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