This week I had two ebay buys; the first was so far from it’s listing description as to be bordering on criminal misrepresentation. For £3.20, I decided to rise above it.
Number two. I picked this up on Friday and although it was clearly once a beautiful thing, I doubted whether even I could bring it back from the brink. Still, you know me, always up for the challenges that would make most sensible folk run off screaming.
We started with this- below – from the photos it might have been inlay (which is almost always retrievable) or hand painting (which is not) so I took a punt.
A little Arts & Crafts Moorish table; a lovely shape and, once cleaned, a fabulous colour with traces of the red underpainting, black lacquer and ochrey motifs lined with fine brushes.
Though I restored the legs to life, the top was stripped of most of it’s colour & design and dessicated and water damaged. A careful clean brought back about half of the original decorative painting. I stopped there for fear of losing what was left. I waxed and polished it and it’s so beautiful-after-
We have a house full of the delicate, the damaged, the time-worn, the old, the evocative.
It will fit right in.