By Pourny, Christophe; Renzi, Jen; Wade, James
Christophe Pourny realized the artwork of furnishings recovery in his father's atelier within the South of France. during this, his first e-book, he teaches readers every thing they should find out about the provenance and historical past of furnishings, in addition to how you can repair, replace, and deal with their furniture--from antiques to midcentury items, kinfolk heirlooms or funky flea-market reveals. the center of the ebook is an summary of Pourny's favourite techniques--ceruse, vernis anglais, and water gilding, between many others--with full-color step by step images to make sure that readers can simply reflect every one refinishing method at domestic. Pourny brings those options to lifestyles with a bankruptcy dedicated to real-world refinishing initiatives, from a veneered desk to an ebonized table, a gilt body to a painted northern ecu hutch. Rounding out this entire consultant is care and upkeep details, together with tips to competently fresh leather-based, polish undefined, repair a damaged leg, and substitute felt pads, in addition to recipes to make your personal wax, shellac, varnish, stain, and more. Read more...
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But they are a fickle fix, at best, and usually irreversible. In contrast, traditional finishes are thinner and slower to dry, but they penetrate the wood to become part of the piece—transforming it rather than simply coating it—and the act of hand application polishes the wood during the finishing process. Multiple thin coats allow adjustments, combinations, the addition of colors, and evolving effects that age into the rich look of true artisan furniture. Inevitably, every finish wears off. But while the modern mass-produced versions crack, peel, and become cloudy, and then have to be completely removed, old-world finishes tend to fade more gently and encourage your older self, your children, or your children’s children to buff and sand them down or to reapply oil, wax, or lacquer to reinvigorate the piece for another generation.
Mother-of-Pearl Mother-of-pearl has been used to decorate precious furniture since antiquity, often inlaid into wood. Although regulated to avoid overfishing, the material can still be purchased to replace missing pieces. WHAT IT IS: The shell lining of pearl oysters, freshwater pearl mussels, and, to a lesser extent, abalone. WHERE YOU’LL FIND IT: Nowadays, you find mother-of-pearl mainly on Anglo-Indian pieces and what is called Syrian furniture (but which is actually made all over the southern Mediterranean shores).
WHERE IT’S FROM: Italy was the birthplace of the Renaissance, but other countries initiated their own designs and spread them across Europe. Furniture styles in different countries evolved in parallel. WHAT YOU’LL FIND: Sophisticated ornamentation including floral motifs, Roman and Greek patterns, and architectural details. THE SPACE: While medieval castles were basically fortified military compounds, and thus dark and closed in, Renaissance versions were luxurious residences of a nobility who wanted to enjoy space, light, and volume.