Last time I was reading a book called « Chefs-d’oeuvres de la Peinture Française »,
When I saw the photo on page 149, named « Le Pont de Narni » by Jean-Baptiste Corot,
I immediately thought about that of course:
Nobody can deny that somehow there is a similar air between these two paintings.
In our case, this a copy of of painting made by H. Schmidt,
May be Henri Schmidt… need to make some investigations…
Look at this, it looks a bit messy, but in deed there are many interesting things on display
after a couple a customer came.
red circle: a couple of books about painting, we talked about few things with customer.
blue circle on left: a magnifying glass and two items in silver to check the hallmarks.
blue circle on right: the piece of fabric to clean the silver.
black circle: a piece of leaf of rosewood, shown to the client to explain how it is put on the furniture structure.
green circle: a compass, a scissors and a piece of a leaf of brass, I explained the customer how I made the cover for the back of the mantel clock.
orange circle: some shellac and a strong solvent (acetone) to melt it.
white circle: a piece of marble use to make some shellac sticks(after the piece of marble has been heated up) and the shellac sticks in the pot.
yellow circle: the repair of a broken curved foot.
violet cirlce: a box of colored wax sticks used to feel some small holes or small veneer missing spots.
I just want to show these four pieces of jewelry
They are hand made, 19th century,small, well assembled and well finished.
All decorated with bronzes.
Two of them get the cabinetry maker name and one get the company name on it.
Number 1: Table à écrire Louis XV
Number 2: Table en cabaret Louis XVI
Number 3: Table marquetée Louis XV
Number 4: Commode à vantaux Transition
Please look at the photo, and tell me which one is the intruder according to you,
from left to right, we have wax, two ethanol based varnish, one water based varnish,
then a nitrocellulose based varnish (the Tamiya spray).
We could think that the intruder is the Tamiya spray but for me there is in fact no intruder.
Historically speaking, the nitrocellulose varnish started to be used in cabinestry around 1920, almost 100 years ago (« Bois:guide des finitions » page 48/ « Les secrets du vernissage » page 14) so it is not a anachronism to use it nowadays for example on the Art Déco furniture.
Now technically speaking, even if the components are not as natural as the « pure » traditional ethanol based varnishes, it is still working on the resin/solvent system (like ethanol based varnishes) which means that the shiny layer remains after the solvent evaporated. So even on the technical side it is crosser to the traditional finishing than the modern ones.
The only refraining point I could see, indeed not see, is what is inside the varnish. Actually it seems difficult to know exactly what are the components.
Personally I never used it yet, I will make some few tests and then see.
I just would like to show this item, how it was,
It is a walnut tea table, we call it « Table à thé ».
I am showing you the stains that were there and there:
And then it became like this after it went to my workshop.
To make it clean I did not use sand paper at all.
So the good point is the patina is 100 pour cent preserved, but the flip side of the coin is
that at some point some stains are very slightly remaining.
Anyway the table is nice.
I finally could make a maintenance to the Gothic cabinet I had and I put it back online,
you can see it here :