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Late 17th century dresser: after and before

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Project by deon posted 1191 days ago 1772 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With a bit of luck one still can find some pretty exiting examples of untouched antique craftmanship in this part of italy. This is an typical example of a walnut dresser in which the dowry of the bride was contained.
It is interesting to note that the wood has little evidence of woodworm attack. In my experience it seems thet the older the wood is the less it is subject to woodworm . The wallnut cut during the 19th century is allways full of worm holes. Maybe it has to do woth the amount of carbon dioxide in the air when the tree grew….

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Moron

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#1 posted 1191 days ago

17th century

i doubt that

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 1191 days ago

Deon, this is a nice looking restoration that brought out the hidden beauty of the dresser. It is good that you posted before and after shots of it. Too often photos of the original piece are forgotten.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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leytem

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#3 posted 1191 days ago

Looks great! There’s nothing like taking something that looks to be old and wore out and bringing it back to life. Nice job.

-- S. Leytem, Hopkinton, Iowa

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1191 days ago

It looks great. I can’t help but wonder what refinishing did to it’s value. On antique road show they always talk about leaving pieces in the black and that it can make a big difference in value sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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#5 posted 1191 days ago

^^^^^^
What Jim said

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deon

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#6 posted 1190 days ago

Thanks for your comments folks.
As far as the conservation of the “patina” is concerned it depends on what the customer wants. I allways try to educate my customers as to the value of the conservation of all the integral aspects of the piece – scientific restoration – but often the do not see the object as an investment. They just want their heirloom braught back to its original beauty. It was finnished in beeswax and all that I did was to remove the dirt accumolated and refinnish with virgin beeswax.

-- Dreaming patterns

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Dan

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#7 posted 368 days ago

It still looks stunning for the age, one piece sides? that seemed to be from the old growth trees. Solid wide boards were easy to find from huge trees.

-- Dan Stine, Galion Ohio

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