Restoration of a Renaissance table

This valuable Renaissance table from ca. 1725 was badly battered when we first saw it. We restored it by using techniques and materials from that era. For example, we glued the loose wooden joints with animal glue. Missing ornaments were re-created and woodworm holes were filled. Certain areas, where needed, received new chalk layers (sometimes 10 layers or more) and these were then endlessly sanded. After that, a base colour needed to be applied.

In doing so, the original colour was closely heeded. For this procedure, we use a so-called bole solution. This is a fine, oily argillaceous clay compound, which is an excellent substrate for the attachment of gold leaf. After the gilding, we used patina to make refinements to the colour of the table in order to restore its centuries-old appearance.