Louis XVI Commode in Tulip and Rosewood Veneer

This latest piece is a period (ca 1770) Louis XVI commode in veneers of tulipwood and rosewood with french oak as a secondary wood. This piece retained the original makers mark, stamped P. A. (Pierre Antoine) Veaux in two places on the top. Overall the condition was not bad, but there were some losses to the veneer on the drawer dividers (seen above) and a good deal of loose and lifting veneers and places where veneer had curled at the edges. You can see this more clearly on the drawer fronts pictured below. The finish was also a bit tired.

Replacing losses with matching tulipwood veneer and edge clamps.

Flattening the lifting veneer with applied heat and moisture. A warm iron works just as well on wood as it does removing wrinkles from a cotton shirt.

Polishing in progress.

The finished piece. I was careful not to over clean the brass mounts, which retained their original patina, a gold tinted lacquer that had darkened with age.

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