One of the pieces is a mahogany secretary which I will be refinishing custom for one of my favorite clients in the next week or so. The other piece is this amazing antique tall chest. As with most of the furniture I come across, it had a story to tell. When I removed the drawers I found several personal objects including a penny from 1964, an old shekel, and -most amazingly- two antique pocket knives, one of which is sterling silver and inscribed "Emanuel S. Berkowitz Dec. 6 1924" It also bears the insignia of the Masons and identifies him as a master. Pretty amazing, right? I'd say the chest dates to right around the same time as the pocket knife, 1920-1930. The personal artifacts will, of course, go with the dresser to its next home, and I hope remain with them always.
The chest is mahogany and mahogany veneer. I sanded, stained, and sealed the top. I painted the case in a custom mixed deeply saturated blue that was inspired by a friend's photograph of a sunny London skyline in mid winter. It's called London Sky, because when I mix paint, I get to name the color, gosh darnit! I polished the beautifully ornate original brass drawer pulls to to give the piece a little extra twinkle. I would argue this is the best piece I've ever done. Am I allowed to say that? It's been well over 1000 pieces, but this is really really my favorite yet.
|Before and After!|
|Big before. There was lots of molding loss, which I meticulously fixed.|
|The pulls with brass polish|
|polished the brasses, and then since I was on a roll, polished the vintage silver trophy they were in too.|
|Emanuel's pocket knives|
|Tadaa!! The deep rich blue of a winter sky|
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