Conservation of a nest of tables by Emile Galle,
Conservation of a nest of tables by Emile Galle, 1846 – 1994 a founder of the Ecole de Nancy and French Art Nouveau innovator.
The Nest of tables had suffered through sun light resulting on top veneers becoming de laminated in places. The tops were also stained with ring marks. The sides veneered with Kingwood were chipped and veneers de-laminated and missing where the tables had been dragged across floors and carpets, the glue having failed.
The loose veneers were glued down with gelatin based glue as per original and new slivers of Kingwood spliced in into the sides where missing. Under instructions from the clients the tables were cleaned, marks removed using oxalic acid and the surfaces neutralised before the tables finished with a shellac polish and then waxed with a non acidic wax polish.