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18th Century Dutch Ivory, Mother of Pearl, Brass & Colored Metal Inlay Side Chair

This client came to us via our appraiser and asked, "What can you do with this chair?"

 
 

View 1
A nice Dusty Dutch Inlay Chair with lots of inlay to lay.












 

 


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  View 2
Miss Sphinx needs a good dusting and some brass inlay re-laid along her collar and decorative bridle among other things.













 
 


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  View 3
This shows more of the inlay restoration needed on the decorative bridle.






 

 


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  View 4
This view shows more of the inlay restoration needed.  Note the missing tail on Miss Sphinx in the background and the level of carving on the paws.






 
 


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  View 5
The level of carving on this piece is exquisite.















 

 


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  View 6
Nice head shot...but somebody please get Miss Sphinx off the Opium!!














 
 


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  View 7
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A thing of beauty is a joy for ever"  The artist carver on this chair did an outstanding job on Miss Sphinx.
 



 

 


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This image shows the chair with some of its missing moldings.



 


 

 


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  View 9
Here we have replaced the molding and inlay.








 
 


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  View 10
This is the other leg with more missing molding.






 

 


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  View 11
Ahh, now that is more like it.  Miss Sphinx, you simply have to get off the Opium!







 
 


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  View 12
This is another shot of the missing molding after restoration.





 

 


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  View 13
These were some of the parts before conservation.








 
 


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This is another shot of the before conservation efforts.  Again, it is important not to let your Handy Man or Trim Carpenter get involved in any conservation efforts
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This is the molding we make for the chair's seat edge with Satinwood Inlay on the top and bottom edge.


 

 

 


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  View 16
Here we have the molding mitered and set in place.







 
 


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  View 17
Our molding is colored and polished.



 

 

 


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  View 18
More missing molding at the top of the chair which we replaced.







 
 


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  View 19
And Miss Sphinx finally gets some tail.  She needed it.





 

 


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  View 20
It is off to the races we go.  Now she can really do the quarter mile.







 
 


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  View 21
The rectangular piece of Ivory inlay on the middle left of this shot was missing as you will see in a later view.  Engraving this little was fun.

 

 

 


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View 22
This is a closer shot of the Ivory inlay in question and of the left chair back barley twist turned style.



 


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View 23
This turned style was fractured sometime in its life and came to us badly glued and missing large chunks. The top of the style just below the turned ring shows one of the smaller replaced chunks.










 

 


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  View 24
This is the rear of the style which at the bottom of the the style are two replaced chunks.











 


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  View 25
This view shows the broken left style turned base with a double mortise and tenon joint where the turned style base joined into the seat.  We turned a new square base with a dowel that inserted into the turned style above  and cut a new double mortise and tenon joint to set into the seat below.

 
 


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View 26
This is the style nicely reset.

 

 

 

 


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  View 27
Which style did we restore?








 
 


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  View 28
This is some of the etched Ivory inlay in the seat of the chair which is magnificent.

 

 

 


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This is more of the outstand Ivory inlay on the chair back.  this inlay had curled up somewhat and we glued it back down.








 

 


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View 30
Miss Sphinx cleans up rather nicely.  Again the carving is sublimely superb.  My hat's off to the carver/artist of this piece.












 

 


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  View 31
This is a finished angle view of the Dutch Inlay Chair.









 


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  View 32
Voila, the final finished view of this gorgeous Dutch Inlay Chair!














 
 
 


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