|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 11-28-2013 11:31 PM||894 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
This project appeared in our shop a couple months ago – an ornately carved sculpture, a classic English style hunting theme. The rabbit, the crow, the rifle, flask, leaf work, all the symbolism imaginable. Carved in English brown oak with an extremely fine detail. Every feather, every line of fur.
The carving came in cracked and very dry – we helped the cracks along and then relgued the sections filling in any missing material. The entire piece was cleaned, a fresh coat of hand cut garnet shellac applied, and then a generous amount of wax.
Not a super complex restoration – but time consuming with all the detail to clean and pick free of dirt and dust. We’re not 100% sure where this came from and when it was made, the story behind it says it’s back as far as the 1700’s but we’re not convinced of that. There is no signature or maker’s mark noticeable on the piece, which is annoying, we would really like to trace it’s lineage. There’s a limited venue of carvers who can accomplish this, which pays some reference to a Grinling Gibbons piece, but yet remains just short of some of the fine delicate detail that would lead us towards his work. My father could carve this from scratch – I don’t think I could! I could restore small sections, replace and blend missing carvings … but the ability to do this from scratch is a dying art form!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com