They had been in a cellar in several inches of water and had rotten feet, damaged and stained seats and various bits of shellac/varnish/old white paint on them.
The wood was very degraded so a light clean and French polish was a no-no and stripping chemically would have partially dissolved them!
Issue two is the slight top-heaviness of the design which went slightly beyond quirky toward visually odd. I look at a piece for ages before deciding what to do and these definitely needed a lighter look. And I didn’t want to reupholster and lose the characterful leather seats; but these are quite battered.
The chair bottom right above & right(before) and below (after)- was the first to be completed. If anyone wants a “how to rescue something that looks like it’s beyond economical repair”post, I will be happy to detail the process…