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restoring marquetry

Posted By: Ivo <ivansandick@ntlworld.com> (inktomi2-nor.server.ntl.com)
Date: 10/3/1 09:39

Hi, I have been asked to fill the gap in a nice marquetry panel that sits in the middle of the top of a French card table (circa 1780?). The core wood looks like mahogany and the surrounding veneer burr walnut, boxwood stringing and ebonized pear. When the marquetry failed, somebody cut out a bit more and inserted a straight strip of inferior stuff. Top left remains and bottom left are remains of wings of birds, the rest are leaves and nuts/fruits.

Unfortunately, when I removed the later addition, no clues were revealed about the original design; only the lighter triangle bottom center might be another birds wing. Has anyone seen similar designs or can advice me on how to proceed? I have uploaded a picture of the remains to

www.ukic.org.uk/fw/marquetry.jpg (60 KB)

and a close up to

www.ukic.org.uk/fw/marquetry2.jpg (90 KB).

Thank you.

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