Restoration work undertaken onsite at Baronscourt, Co Tyrone, for the Duke and Duchess of Abercorn.

 

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Shrinkage and movement of the timber underneath the brass and tortoise shell marquetry has caused much of the brass to lift and come loose. Some of the brass has then been damaged, twisted or lost. This photo shows the number of sections of loose brass there were on this one panel, including convex lengths of moulding.

 

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Various methods of cramping are employed to ensure the carefully flattened brass stays in place whilst the traditional animal glue dries.

 

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A new section of brass is cut from a rubbing using a jeweller’s saw.

 

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Care is taken to replicate the original design, reversing the fine saw into tight corners to ensure a crisp pattern.

 

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The finished bureau is finished with a micro-crystalline wax.