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Antique chestnut door restoration XVIII° century Sant’Arsenio Salerno vallo di Diano Italy

Object: Antique chestnut door restoration XVIII° century

Period: last XVIII° century

Style: Traditional rustic

Provenance: Sant’Arsenio, vallo di Diano, SA, southern Italy

Description: Doorway of an old barn local of a noble palace of the province of Salerno, in the Vallo di Diano, southern Italy.  Palace statile of Sant’Arsenio, in the historic center, ancient door completely handmade.

Has undergone some structural changes especially in the lower part, where there are also structural damage to the wood due to weather and insect that eat the wood itself.  Good conservation conditions of the original patina.

Restoration: Started with the removal of the fixed and the connected structural elements to be transported in the laboratory. The bulk of the work involved the removal of non-coeval paints, but above all the reconstruction of missing parts of wood and an extension of the door itself at the bottom.

The lower part has been completely recovered and reclaimed with an aesthetic device in the lower prontale panel with the insertion of a non-original hexagonal block to cover a rough intervention and to keep the original elements as much as possible. Rconstructed also the closing system and hardware with elements in style that did not change the rustic originality but exalted it.

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Restoration of a solid walnut table

Restoration of a walnut table
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Epoca: First half of the twentieth century

Style: Eclectic

Provenance: Vallo di Diano, SA, Southern Italy

Description: Table of skilful craftsmanship. Made entirely of solid walnut with lower structure supporting the chestnut extensions. Built with good craftsmanship is a solid table and will last over time, the only problems that may arise can be manifested on the center panels of the floor made with walnut slabs that could move in time.

Restoration: The cabinet was in fairly good storage conditions. The table top was completely stripped to bring the original wood to “breathe” and can be treated against wood insects. With walnut inlays are closed covers any cracks on the floor of the table due to the natural movement of the wood. Varnish using shellac, wax finish.

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Restoration of a chest of drawers Louis Philippe

Chest drawers Louis Philippe walnut restoration

Subject: drawers in solid walnut

Period: first quarter of the twentieth century

Style: Louis Philippe

Provenance: Tuscany

Description: completely original drawers. From the disposal of a Tuscan farmhouse, this popular Tuscan chest of drawers 1800 is built to last. original structure of hard chestnut wood, outdoor tables in solid walnut completely intact in its original part in walnut and 80% in its backbone. sober, simplicity and quality in mobile.

Restoration: The cabinet was in poor storage conditions. Attacked so it extended by wood-eating insects, as mentioned thus completely original with glue made from animal glues completely pulverized. It proceeded immediately to the treatment to eliminate the worms. Later he spoke on the structure of the wood joinery with interventions that have sought to preserve the original structure of the piece. Reincollaggio of all structural elements and insertion of guides for the drawers in the antique chestnut wood as the original. The internal structure of the drawers is made of poplar wood and has also proceeded in this case the reinstatement of the original favoring the rustic look of the cabinet with respect to a possible reconstruction with smooth surfaces and new. The dresser has not been stripped, but were eliminated only the paint areas altered by atmospheric conditions reintegrating shellac incomplete. Grouts and wax finish have tried to give back to the cabinet the warm appearance that he had lost.


Length: 105 cm
Width: 54 cm
Height: 101 cm
Weight: 60 kg

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Restoration of a chest of drawers in walnut and walnut flame

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Subject: walnut chest of drawers

Period: last quarter of the twentieth century

Style: Eclectic

Provenance: Southern Italy

Description: Classic chest of drawers in solid walnut and burr walnut in typical eclectic style.

Restoration: The dresser was completely covered by a widespread and pervasive black coating that in addition to distorting the appearance it had strongly influenced the preservation not allowing the wood to breathe. It proceeded immediately to remove the black paint, moving then to the woodworm treatment. Several of necessary carpentry work, both structural reconstruction of the missing frames. Were inserted keys suited to the cabinet in question immediately after repainted as needed shellac spagliettata later. The finish has been given to provide a wax to the cabinet a warmer and less shiny appearance.


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Work, products, techniques, the interventions that go to make the object have conservative and recovery character

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I have a university education but I attended a workshop antiquarian. Conjugate these experiences to everyday practice and the constant study and updating necessary in the practice of this profession where you never stop learning, especially from the past.
I try before you begin a job of framing historically and stylistically mobile that I face identifying interventions that has suffered over time, and the general state of conservation of the piece.
The interventions that go to make the object have conservative and recovery character as far as possible of a condition as close to the original as having unique foreclosure the uniqueness that the piece has reached both from an aesthetic point of view and from a point historically including in this uniqueness also measures non-originating.
The products that use for the restoration of a mobile are compatible with the age of the piece on which I work, for which where necessary to use glues, consolidating, fixatives and coatings of animal and vegetable origin, in other words those used at the time when the ‘object was created.
Not dislike the use of new generation of products or industrial origin in all the processing phases, these ensure a greater adherence to the daily needs of dell ‘object fruition.
The restoration techniques pursue the same principles of interventions trying to use machining and finishing techniques compatible with the age of the piece, for example (coating wick, grouting with rabbit glue and pigments), but is a minor player use that object is going to do.

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Restoration of a dresser in the Second Empire style

Empire mahogany Dresser Empire style
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Subject: drawers in mahogany

Period: early twentieth century

Style: Second Empire

Origin: Northern Italy


Elegant dresser Second Empire. Built at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The rigid and essential structure is in stark contrast to the harmonious movement of the uprights “harness” key element of style. The search for a delicate decoration is reflected in the choice to use the mahogany, one of the essences most refined and notes, easily recognizable by the many veins of darker hue.
Realized as mentioned in mahogany, poplar was used for the structural elements and fir for the rear panels and the funds of the drawers.
Careful selection of the plane in mahogany, front high-end with hidden drawer, three wire drawers framed by the side pillars where the mahogany choice of the heart creates a pleasant and delicate decoration. side panels made of mahogany slab.


On the mobile it has opted for a classic restoration to protect the patina that time has sedimented.

woodworm treatment to remove the wood-eating insects present.

It has intervened on the structure by integrating the panels with wood inserts and strong glue.

Replenishing veneer on time only where necessary with strong glue seepage of animal origin where it had lost its adhesive power and use the same mahogany essence where the veneer was missing.

Reintegration of shellac with a brush where it was bleached due to moisture and where it was lacking.

Grouting wax mahogany color to fill the holes of worms and small dell’impiallaccio gaps.

Finish with beeswax to protect the coating shellac.

The cabinet is healthy and free of worms.

Length: 110 cm
Width: 50 cm
Height: 85 cm
Weight: 45 kg

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Restoration of a walnut dresser and oak neo-Renaissance

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Subject: Solid Walnut Belief
Time: late nineteenth
Style: Umberto I neo renaissance
Origin: Italy
Description: Impressive belief in solid walnut in neo-Renaissance style. The typical decorative elements of style are all finished with care and in excellent condition. The columns in solid walnut, the base and the top hat with the two retractable drawers are the setting alleante lower carved frames decorated with a central emblem also carved it. The handles, the vents and the keys are made of brass, only the latter are not original. Floor in walnut. The internal structure in oak complete this piece of furniture that combines aesthetics, sturdiness and functionality.
Restoration: The excellent conditions of preservation have directed the restoration of minimal intervention, restoration of the original hardware cleaning of the outer and inner surface and reintegration of shellac. wax finish.
Length: 141 cm
Width: 53 cm
Height: 97.5 cm



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Restoration of a cupboard in walnut 1920 neoclassical origin Milan

Walnut sideboard neoclassical
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Subject: entrance hall cupboard
Period: 1920
Style: Neoclassical
Provenance: Milan
Description: Walnut sideboard neoclassical. Module of a mobile broader presents the side in poplar with paneling in walnut. The front has two drawers with neoclassical vents not original but in style. Threading as well as on the drawers to create a geometric frame is present on the lower doors where the veneer is curated choice with transverse veins between them. The also made of walnut forms the base of the mirror of considerable size. The original mirror is damaged for any damage incurred during transport. bronze applications to define the upper part of the mirror that denotes Nouveau forms.
the restoration
The cabinet was stripped to remove a number of repainting that darkened appearance. woodworm treatment performed and rivernciatura side to even out the overall appearance of the cabinet. The well-kept interior has been cleaned and repainted shellac. wax finish.
Lower Mobile: Mirror:
Length: 86 cm Length: 86 cm
Width: 46 cm Width: 3.5 cm
Height: 82 cm Height: 115 cm


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Restoration of six chairs in walnut 1920 neoclassical origin Milan

Neoclassical walnut table chairs restoration
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Subject: Ballroom Chairs

Period: 1920

Style: Neoclassical

Provenance: Milan


Made of solid walnut and beech wood these chairs are remarkably solid considering the age and style that sets them apart. The style is neoclassical but suffers greatly influence the Liberty upward momentum presenting. Turned legs slightly tapered column. Seat and back upholstered in leather with decorative studs in bronze. Classical decoration thread and upper frame in the neoclassical style. They have been carefully preserved and are in perfect conditions of conservation considering they have one hundred years.

the restoration

The chairs were covered with an accumulation of dirt and repainting that darkened much the leather seat and wooden structure. Have been scoured, it cleaned the skin and nailing bronze. Were treated against the few have them present and repainted shellac spagliettata and protected with beeswax. Even the seat and back in leather were polished with beeswax.


Length: 44 cm
Width: 44 cm
Height: 103.5 cm

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Antique spinning restoration, first half of the twentieth century

Object: Spinning Beechwood

Period: first half of the nineteenth century.


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Restoration of a poplar wood chest of the early twentieth century

Ancient chest popular South Italy restoration
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Subject: Chest in solid poplar
Time: late nineteenth, early twentieth century.
Style: Umberto I
Provenance: Southern Italy
Description: traditional southern Italian chest, made of poplar wood is spacious and aesthetically pleasing. Double row of panels framed with rusticated central notch. Complete in every detail makes it a suitable element to any room and decorating style.

The restoration: Restored to perfection, Wireless patina. woodworm treatment performed. The interior has been etched and painted with synthetic paint to be used in various ways. The outer coating has been preserved, the furniture was not stripped but simply clean. classic painting shellac and protection with beeswax. Excellent condition.


Length: 160 cm

Width: 40 cm

Height: 50 cm

Weight: 40 kg

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Restoration of a mirror from the dresser, 1890-1910, walnut and burr walnut

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Subject: mirror from the dresser

Period: 1890-1910

Style: neoclassical Eclectic

Origin: South Italy

Description: Stunning mirror console neoclassical. Adaptable to any room or decor. Made in the Last quarter of the nineteenth century, carefully choosing walnut to create sophisticated geometric designs. Top and sides in walnut cut and assembled to create a diamond to define the central feature light wood. Small retractable drawer with veneer transverse with respect to that of the sidewalls. Columns and frame in walnut with clear neoclassical styles frames that define the side edges and the top. Original mirror. Piece that combines executive and aesthetic quality. Also completely covered with walnut rear can also be placed at the center of a room.

The furniture was in good storage conditions. After the woodworm treatment is opted for stripping the only plan that had some stains while for the rest it is proceeded to a simple restoration of varnish using shellac. wax finish.

Length: 58 cm
Width: 29 cm
Height: 77 cm