Conservation and Restoration of Fine Furniture and Objects
Round Dining Table
English Mid 19th Century Mahogany Round Dining Table with 12 Extension Leaves - during restoration
After being treated for warping and expansion cracks, extension leaves are aligned back in place

French polishing
A French polishing pad is used to apply shellac in circular strokes with conservators working to quickly coat the table before the shellac sets

English Mid 19th Century Mahogany Round Dining Table with 12 Extension Leaves - during restoration
An intricate piece of machinery, the entire crank is taken apart for lubrication

English Mid 19th Century Mahogany Round Dining Table with 12 Extension Leaves - during restoration
Splits are secured with adhesive and butterfly reinforcements, returning the table to its original state

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English Round Dining Table with 12 Extension Leaves
Circa Mid-19th Century
Mahogany

CONDITION UPON ARRIVAL:

This dining table proved an impressive piece of furniture on all fronts. With 12 extension leaves, its diameter reached to 132 inches when fully extended. Further, a telescopic screw mechanism (patented in 1861 by Samuel Hawkins of Bishopsgate, London) made the project all the more ambitious…and worthwhile. Numerous areas would need attention, including structural concerns like an unstable table base due to loose joinery and extension glides. Several portions of veneer were delaminating at the table apron and finish had become discolored and scratched with wear. Along with a broken extension mechanism, the 12 leaves were warped with some entirely separated at seams. The table’s signature expansive diameter was splitting, marring the aesthetic, functionality, and integrity of the piece.

TREATMENT:

Treatment by Bernacki & Associates was nearly as ambitious as the table’s design, itself. In order to clean adhesive from joints and tighten glides, the whole piece was disassembled. The broken crank mechanism was lubricated and broken bracket welded. Spits were secured with proper adhesive and wooden butterfly reinforcements with leaves adjusted to fit overall design. With a final layer of English polish offering consistent sheen and color, this remarkable table was now complete.

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