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Swedish Settee

Restoration, re-carving and French polish
 
This an example of some in depth restoration on an 1820s mahogany settee made in Stockholm.
 

 
 

View 1
This is a frumpy old sofa in pea green velour. 






   
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  View 2
These are the two arm faces with molding and carving missing.  The Neptunes are looking a bit puny.
 




 
   
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  View 3
This is one Neptune on the mend.  We are blocking out the curved molding and flower at his feet. 






   
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  View 4
Here Neptune's other half is having new curved molding blocked out. 






 
   
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  View 5
With the help of a scroll saw we are slowly putting the Neptunes back into tip top shape. 






   
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  View 6
Ah...it feels so good to hold my trident again.  Here the hand is carved back into place and polished to match. 






 
 

 
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View 7
I look almost as good as my other half!  Here the missing veneer and curved molding is replaced and polished to match.





 

 
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  View 8
Here the leaves on the top rung and the bottom rung are being either partially or totally rebuilt. 

 



 
 
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  View 9
Here we see the same foot freshly carved.





 

 
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  View 10
Here we see the same foot colored and polished... nice! 







 
 
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  View 11
Here we have one of the Dolphin fins blocked out for re-carving. 






 
 
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  View 12
This is the same fin carved and ready for color and polish... sweet! 







 
 
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View 13
This is the tail which was badly blocked in from a previous restoration.  We re-carved the detail on the tail to give it more life.




 

 


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  View 14
And voila, this Dogfish is swimming again! This is the tail after color and polishing.
 

 





 

 
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  View 15
Here is Mr. Dogfish in full form, fins, tails and all. 









 

 
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  View 16
Here we have rebuilt the structure of the back of the settee by replacing the missing vertical styles and re-bracing the upper left and right corner, all with old recuperated wood.  The back was colored and polished so that a sofa table might be placed behind the settee. 



 
 
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  View 17
This is a full view of the rear of the settee.

 




 

 
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  View 18
With this kind of restoration a pea green sofa is transformed into a Swedish Settee. 


 
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