Restoration of card table by or in the style of Lannuier

This bold, forthright card table was made by or in the style of Charles-Honore Lannuier, who trained in Paris before relocating to New York in 1803.

As the table arrived, we found that the gesso had failed because a previous gilding had used a size gilding liquor rather than a rabbit-skin glue; the softer sizing appears to have caused some chemical rejection of the upper layers. We re-gilded figures and matched shellac finishes, and then used a lacquer to protect from future disturbance.

There were also some repairs required of the joinery, as well as of one leg and its wheels. These repairs were done with pegs and restorer’s adhesive.

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