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Care & Restoration of Antique Furniture

During the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries, nearly all furniture was commissioned to order and consequently great care was taken in the selection of timbers and veneers as well as the quality of the cabinet-making, carving and gilding. It is testament to the excellence of all those involved that so many pieces have survived the test of time and have been either inherited or bought by successive generations. The following suggestions should enable current owners to preserve, and even improve the appearance of such pieces for the next generation.

One of the most important aspects to furniture is that of patination. Patination is the name given to the build-up of wax, grease and dust that, when combined over a period of many years, gives the timber a "skin" and can be best described as the furniture's history in it's surface and is therefore very desirable.

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