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Upon initial viewing of the bed in its dismantled form, at auction, it was evident that the bed had been re-polished and reupholstered previously. Once purchased, the carved elements of the bed came to the workshop. In natural light, the breaking down of the shellac polish finish due to light and moisture exposure, could be seen very clearly.
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Image taken from the
Auction catalogue
Plate from Herbert Cescinsky's English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century
Vol.II, page 348.
The canopy, foot posts and bolt covers, were stripped, predominantly using a ‘dry strip’technique;however methylated spirits ('meths') were used in a ‘wet strip’ on areas which retained a strong bond.