Regency Style Marquetry Table with Serpentine Walnut Top

Condition upon arrival:

This impressive piece of furniture arrived with a number of issues. Most obvious, an expansion crack at its serpentine top ran through veneer, substrate, and carved apron. Further, areas of marquetry veneer, as well as inlaid banding, had released and were now lifting from their substrate.

Treatment:

The large expansion crack was Bernacki & Associate’s first priority and was in-filled with materials matching the table’s original composition. Lifting and releasing marquetry work was consolidated and re-attached. New materials and repairs received matching patina and, with a covering of French polish and shellac, the table was returned to its intended grandeur.

 Table after conservation by Bernacki & Associates

Table after conservation by Bernacki & Associates

 Detailed image of table design, post-conservation

Detailed image of table design, post-conservation

 Detail before conservation with visible areas of lifting marquetry

Detail before conservation with visible areas of lifting marquetry

 The first layer of French polish is applied to the restored table surface. Soon, shellac will immediately highlight marquetry patterns and wood grain

The first layer of French polish is applied to the restored table surface. Soon, shellac will immediately highlight marquetry patterns and wood grain

 French polish