The Dutch bureau from around 1860 come in for restoration after being passed down through the family ,the rosewood Indian veneered bureau has Marquertry inlayed all around the bureau including the inside compartments. The bureau had been kept in direct sunlight for numours years and causing veneers and marquertry to blister . Around the carcass their was numours amounts of small patches of veneers chipped and were missing
The loose veneers and Marquertry were glued down . Done only needed to be ironed down with a small amount of haeat. With the traditional hide glue with soften again once heat is applied and able to reglued down were necessary. Inside the compartments and veneers were in good clean condition . Apart from a new lock to be fitted for the door after the old one was broken. And two missing brass mounts were ordered from optimum brasses to replace the missing items.
The brass handles and key escutcheons were remove and cleaned before being put back on after restoration . The bureau had all the repairs levelled back before being cleaned back with methylated spirits . This will clean of old dirt and polish with out damaging the patina. After a light rub back with wire wool I was able to French polishing . This will bring back some colour from the veneers and Marquertry that’s not been lost to sunlight
After the French polishing was complete over a period of a week the furniture was waxed back and brass work fitted again. Inside was cleaned and only needed to be waxed only as this hadn’t seen much sunlight and was much darker as you would expect .All was left to do was to cut a key for the bureau full allowing the full to be opened with out damaging the venners.