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  • Schwingken Desk

Here is a drop front desk desk dating to the mid 18th century and signed by G. Schwingkens, a German cabinetmaker/ebeniste who worked in Paris during the period of Louis XV. It is in rosewood veneer with mercury gilded ormolu mounts. There were numerous small dings and dents to the veneer, but the worst damage involved the hinges on the fall front front which had been replaced at some point with smaller ones and the veneer around them very noticeably patched in. As well, the ormolu had been coated with a dark varnish, obscuring the gold underneath. My work involved reversing these previous repairs and redoing them so as to be invisible. A new embossed leather insert was added to the fall front and the mounts were also carefully cleaned to reveal the original gilt surface underneath.