Age: Nineteenth Century
Origin: Province of Salerno, southern Italy
Classic desk in center of solid walnut. Decorated on both sides of the seat with light wooden shades inlaid inside the seven panels that define the geometry. Elegant and sober style style features abundant dimensions that increase the aesthetic impact.
From the functional point of view, the large dimensions of the plan are utilized to the maximum in the size of the very large drawers. There is another concealed hidden compartment that can only be accessed by completely removing the last drawer; This compartment was reserved for the most important documents. There is also a recessed desk above the central drawer.
From a structural and constructive point of view, the desk was completely made of solid walnut also for structural elements except for drawer guides which, by their function, are subject to solid wood chestnut wood more resistant than walnut. The drawers are poplar, lighter wood on the uprights, but chestnut is still used for the bottoms. The details have been well cared for, there are chestnut panels that are interspersed between a drawer and the other by isolating the individual drawers between them and those outside from the surrounding environment.
The storage conditions of the desk were not good and they directed restoration to a very conservative solution of the current condition of the object.
The desk was completely covered by a gray enamel that had been used as a rough solution to cover the gaps in the wood and restore a visual compactness to the desk. Removed this enamel blanket is the desk volumes, but also the holes of the wood batting attacks and various wooden gaps due to wear and past carpentry interventions. Completely removed old woodwork from the original and completely rebuilt all the missing and / or worn parts of antique wood similar to the original. The structural condition of the furniture was rebuilt with antique wood between the drawers but was not compromised.
It was then thoroughly treated to remove any traces of wood parasites which, in fact, were not present as the wood is very ancient and no longer has the nutrients to which these parasites are eaten.
As for the grouts, they were reduced to the minimum necessary to fill the gaps with the insertion of antique wood. Where necessary however liquid wax was used.
With regard to painting and finishing, it has been chosen for a lacquered lacquer coating and satin finish with wax. The storage conditions and the current state of the desk geared this choice to shellac polishing that was the original desk finish.