19th Century Vienna Gilt Wood Table

Condition upon arrival:

Despite its intrinsic beauty and structural soundness, the near entirety of this table suffered from delaminating gesso and gilding. Like many antiques, attempts at prior restoration compounded the situation. Sections of detached carving had been re-glued out of alignment and almost all gilding had been repaired with low-quality, ineffective bronzing powder.

Treatment:

With some effort, Bernacki & Associates were able to correct both inherent issues and prior, failed restoration attempts. Gesso and gilding were re-attached and exposed areas infilled. A thorough cleaning not only removed oils and dirt, but the problematic bronze “gilding.” Application of a new, superior gilding matched existing color, karat, and sheen. In a final preventative measure, existing gilding was coated for further protection – detectable under ultraviolet light – to ensure a long life for this fascinating piece. 

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 Table top before restoration

Table top before restoration

 Table top after restoration

Table top after restoration

Below: Table as seen throughout different stages of the conservation and restoration process, on its way to completion

 Laying gold leaf

Laying gold leaf

 Gilding in progress

Gilding in progress