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Chairs + Rockers + Footstools

eastlake cane chairsThis page is dedicated to all our rockers, whether upholstered, painted or traditionally finished with resin varnishes.

Heywood-Wakefield LabelWe work with restorative techniques which are era-appropriate, and traditional finish methods. For more information go back to our opening page on Wooden Objects.

 

American Hepplewhite Side Chair Ca. 1790

A family heirloom, this Hepplewhite side chair in mahogany featured beautiful Prince of Wales feather carving around the cameo back, arm grips and arm stiles. We repaired several new breaks in the original back and arm joinery as well as delaminating previous repairs.
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Before, left, and after treatment, right.
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Victorian Press-back Rocker Ca. 1890

Victorian Pressback RockerVictorian Pressback RockerThe rocker's transparent resin varnish was original, but degraded from years of repeated applications of boiled linseed oil. The rocker glide was previously broken and improperly repaired. Joints were loose. The original tooled leather seat rotted through. MPFC opened all joinery to clean and re-glue with hide glue; repaired the broken rocker glide and repaired the original finish before waxing with a protective coat. Warmed wax was allowed to cure then was burnished with wooden rags and felt blocks. A new tooled seat was replaced using period appropriate decorative nails.
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Before, above, and after treatment, below.
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Heywood-Wakefield Rocker Ca. 1890

Heywood-Wakefield RockerHeywood Wakefield RockerEntire frame joinery was loose and the left-facing arm was broken and missing four barley twist arm rungs. The original finish was dinged and dirty. New barley twists were turned to replicate missing rungs. The chair was disassembled, joinery cleaned and reglued, new rungs installed, and the chair was clamped to cure level. Infill replicated the original finish on the new rungs, then the original finish was cleaned and waxed. The seat was rebuilt with hair-filled, historically accurate pod and covered with leather as per the client's wishes, secured with historically accurate decorative nails. Before, left, and after treatment, right.
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Heywood-Wakefield Child's Rocker Ca. 1900

Heywood-Wakefield Child's Rocker Ca. 1900Heywood-Wakefield Child's Rocker Ca. 1900Entire frame joinery was loose. The original finish was dirty. The chair was disassembled, joinery cleaned and reglued, and the chair was clamped to cure level. The original finish was cleaned and an encaustic treatment was performed.
This chair was treated as a donation to the fundraiser for Community Warehouse.
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Before, left, and after treatment, right.
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American Mahogany Footstool Ca. 1880

FOOTSTOOLThis piece had a number of severe surface conditions needing treatment. Cracked and delaminating tangential grain on moldings was causing losses. Severe cracks in legs and stretcher posed failures in the future. Damaged shellac varnish appeared clabbered and alligatored from repeated applications of boiled linseed oil, and the finish was flaking. Reparations were made then the piece was treated with a barrier as was appropriate for infill then waxed to a warm patination.
Before, left, and after treatment, right.
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Victorian Cane Chairs Ca. 1880

cane chaircane chairOur clients family Victorian Cane Chair had a shattered arm. First the arm itself was repaired.The jigsaw puzzle of pieces was restored with hardwood pins and glue. Then the arm was reattached to the chair at the back and seat, and jigs to hold arm during glue-up was created, and the arms were pinned with hardwood dowels. Cosmetic infill with pigmented wax and pigmented resin was performed, then the chair was waxed. Victorian Cane Chair Resume
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Art Nouveau Rocker Ca. 1880

ART NOUVEAU ROCKERArt NouveauPreviously conserved by Mitchell two decades ago. This is a testament to good upholstery, as it sits as nicely now as it did when it was restored. This time MPFC simply preserved the finish and recovered the rocker in blue silk.

 

Windsor Rocker Ca. 1880

Windsor RockerA family heirloom from the late 19th century, this rocker
probably began life as a wicker rocker. The needlepoint was added
by the previous owners, probably hand-made in the 20th century. The finish was severely compromised, and the needlepoint
was soiled. MPFC conserved the finish, cleaned and blocked the needlepoint before reupholstering.
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