18th Century Italian Secretary Doors Painted in the Venetian Style

Here we address both structural and paint conservation issues for our client in Jackson, MS.

 
 

View 1
Two Venetian Style Painted Italian Secretary Doors in chipped up shape.











 


 
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  View 2
This door has structural damage at this joint as well as paint damage.










 

 


 
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  View 3
In this stage we start the fill in process to level the damaged areas.






 





 


 
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  View 4
This view shows the leveling process on the right door.










 

 


 
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  View 5
This shot shows the beginning of the color blending process.





 


 
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  View 6
This is more of the color blending process on the left door.







 

 
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View 7
This view is of the roses and leaves re-painted.




 


 


 
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  View 8
This is another detail shot of roses and vine work re-painted.



 

 


 
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  View 9
This is the corner in "View 2" that was damaged.






 


 
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  View 10
This is another shot of the color blending process.











 

 


 
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  View 11
This is a shot of the left door from the back side with the painted paned removed.  It actually has three breaks in the frame.
 



 


 
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  View 12
Nice...this shot shows one of the three breaks.








 

 
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View 13
Here we address the structural issues in the frame.
 




 


 
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  View 14
This corner we patch and prepare for color.




 

 


 
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  View 15
One nice corner splint joint to help keep the door from falling off its hinges.





 


 
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  View 16
Yet another splint joint to keep panel and frame together.



 

 


 
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  View 17
Here we make a jig to clamp the door square and true...to whatever degree an 18th Century door can be square and true.




 


 
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  View 18
After all is clamped, dried and shaved flat with a nice block plane, we start the color blending.







 

 
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View 19
After clamping and planing, we perform more color blending.




 


 
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  View 20
This is the back of the right door after patching the top corner.













 

 


 
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  View 21
The left door after conservation.







 





 


 
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  View 22
The right door after conservation.




 






 


 
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  View 23
The ensemble together.






 


 
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  View 24
This view was sent to us by the antique dealer who sold the doors to our client.  It shows the full Secretary of which we only had the doors. 








 

 
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