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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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Walnut solid table restyling Polla Salerno vallo di Diano

Restyling walnut table reconstruction floor cords extensions chestnut Sant'Arsenio Salerno

Object: Walnut table restyling reconstruction plane extensions chestnut Polla Salerno

Period: first half of the 20th century

Style: Eclectic

Provenance: Polla, vallo di Diano, SA, southern Italy

Description: Extendable table in solid walnut. Local artisanal production, good quality,  poor conservation conditions. Missing central plane and completely redo the lower bands.

Restoration: The furniture was in precarious storage conditions. The center of the top has a plywood sheet that does not fit the solid walnut table. The lower area of ​​the feet is completely redone, in good condition only the central elements. The table has been smoothed and all the elements that are not suitable or in bad condition have been removed. The lower part has been rebuilt with two antique solid chestnut tables, while the missing extensions have been rebuilt from scratch again using solid chestnut. The structure of the table was compromised for this was disassembled and the two side panels in solid walnut. Were rebuilt on the model of the pre-existing ones but no longer usable. Reassembled and re-glued, the table was dyed light walnut and then spray-painted.

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Restructuring of a fixture and a chestnut wood door

Restructuring of a door and a chestnut wood window
© Restoration, renovation and restyling of wooden artifacts.

Period: last quarter of the eighteenth century, the first half of the nineteenth century

Style: Neoclassical

Provenance: Vallo di Diano, SA, Southern Italy

Description: Originally windows of a palace built in the late eighteenth century. Manufactured entirely in solid chestnut, native wood essence used constantly in the realization of frames for its hardness and resistance to weathering and wood insects. Built with excellent craftsmanship and careful choice of the cutting areas of the trunk. Excellent condition.

Restoration: More than a restoration it is a readjustment for another building, a choice that has allowed the reuse and the conservation in the given time that had been removed and replaced with new windows to the original location. complete removal of paint layered over the years, making the scratch with wooden frames from the same stock of frames and re-adaptation of the new office window. Glass application chamber 12 mm and repainting spray stained cycle acrylic paints, bottom and paint.

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Restyling of a rustic table in mixed wood

Restyling of a rustic table in mixed wood

Period: first quarter of the twentieth century
Style: Rustico
Provenance: Vallo di Diano, SA, Southern Italy
Description: Rustic table in rustic built with native wood mixed area. Standing chestnut, plane and horizontal elements in spruce, fir tipping elements. Built with good mastery it is a solid table and is intended to last in time even if made of wood with no high durability in the plane and in the horizontal elements.
Restoration: The cabinet was in poor storage conditions. Attacked so it extended by wood-eating insects, and covered with numerous re-painting series that hid fillings and patches distributed throughout the table. The table was completely stripped to bring the original wood to “breathe” and can be treated against wood insects. Reset of the table volumes filling and removal of non-original frames has opted for an antiqued lacquering.

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Restoration of a chest of drawers in walnut and walnut flame

© Restoration, renovation and restyling of wooden artifacts.

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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Restoration neoclassical walnut table, 1920

Neoclassical walnut table chairs restoration

Object:  Restoration neoclassical walnut table, 1920

Period: 1920

Style: Neoclassical

Provenance: Milan

Table made of solid walnut in its structural elements. Legs tapered column, and the feet are in solid walnut. The fittings to see between the legs are in poplar veneered walnut. The walnut veneer top and the classical neo-classical decoration with thread flanks and geometric design. The four classical bronze decorative corners. The central extension veneered walnut with heart-shaped geometric grain. Sober neoclassical table suitable for both a classical style to enrich a more modern decor. Opened reaches 3 meters. With extension inserted in the listing becomes a table at 1.12 x 1, 72 meters.

The table has been painted dark repainting that had covered the sober decoration. It was treated with woodworm to eliminate the few insects present. Later it was reinstated the opening mechanism that allows it to be extended up to three and a half meters and reincollato in its structural elements to ensure greater stability. The classic coating shellac has been spagliettata and protected with beeswax to ensure greater waterproofing to the wood.

Length: 122 cm / 172 cm / 340 cm

Width: 112 cm
Height: 80 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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Crucifix sculpture restoration

Sculpture Christ crucified

Object: Crucifix sculpture restoration

Period: XIX century.
Origin: Italy
Description: Ancient Christ carved by hand and decorated with plaster and polychrome. Missing Cross, good conditions

The images of the restoration of a beautiful sculpture representing a small crucifix. There are some repainting on the arm and on the back than on the hair is visible to the naked eye. The cross is not present. The conservation status is discreet.


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Restoration of a sewing machine to crank Wertheim, 1890-1910, Frankfurt, Germany

© Restoration, renovation and restyling of wooden artifacts.

Subject: Sewing Machine Crank
Epoca: produced between 1890 and 1910 Style Style:
Provenance: Pieve di Cento, Italy
Description: The sewing machine is working and restored in all its parts. It’s been solved base fractured in two places, it is now solid.
Missing element terminal that serves to guide the fabric during sewing, easily available.
The machinery works.
Length: 51 cm
Width: 27 cm
Height: 26 cm

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Gerstner® chest, restoration description.

Gerstner® chest restoration description
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Deposit Gerstner® and Sons, the second half of the twentieth century, coming from Dayton, Ohio, USA. It is located in San Pietro al tanagro, SA.
Description of the restoration of a container / exhibitor of precious of semi-industrial products.

State of affairs before the operation

The surface of the box was covered with a thick layer of dirt and grease caused by use of the exhibitor. (Img 1.2)
They were present on the top cover some grouted clumsily with pink stucco. Wet melattici elements nickel were in an advanced state of oxidation. (Img 3, 4, 5, 6)

The surgery

The object has been cleaned with concentata aqueous emulsion of anionic surfactants and non-ionic surfactants in a concentration from 5 to 8% in water. (Img 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
The oxidation of the hardware has been mitigated by mechanical action and subsequently stabilized with protective varnish based on naphtha and mineral spirits. (Img 16, 17)
It proceeded to reinstatement of the only protective paint in places where this was absent. The replenishing paint was applied with a brush, while the original spray. On the whole surface it was finally applied beeswax with protective and aesthetic functions. (Img 18, 19, 20, 21)

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Chestnut solid wood chest restoration

Chestnut wood chest restoration

Chest in solid chestnut wood, the first half of the twentieth century, Sant’Arsenio, SA.

State of affairs before the operation

Mobile presents a dark-colored surface coating head that hides / mitigates the many underlying grouting. In / the previous speakers has been working to obtain a homogeneous and glossy outer surface, so it is likely that this has been.
The upper frame is not original. The top table presents an obvious warping that occurs in the gap between the original table and adding a table in a previous statement.

The surgery

The first step was the removal of synthetic paint this by using a stripper liquid to dissolve the old paint and steel wool to burn off the residues.
numerous fillings are then found to present obvious.
The next step was the removal of these fillings (water filler generally used for the walls): we proceeded to a mechanical removal using a cutter for larger parties and a scalpel to the finish.
The joinery necessary covered two main issues: the foot-bottom anchor and the remaking of an upstairs table. The operations which have affected the lower part of the case consisted in a removal of the nails (many) inserted between the bottom and feet to facilitate their berth and a subsequent bonding of the same.
With regard to the upper floor has decided to remake the table (not original) in the closed area of ​​the plan. I decided to replace this board because I have tried to restore the original closure system and to do this it needed a table of greater length.
All gluing needed were made with glues animali.Le stucco instead gommalacca.Per the finish you have chosen a deemed suitable type of protection to mobile rustic polishing furniture wax with use of shellac as a sealer.