My job as a French polisher is to bring the colour and vibrancy to your furniture a lot of polishers past and present particularly from 1870s to present date use colour polish in abundance to colour wood good polishers carefully stain wood and polish with lightly tinted polishes such as Button polish a slightly orange or garnet polish brownish in colour.
Just using dark colour polish which at its worst is like paint this quicker cheaper way of polishing result’s in what is known as Georgian brown Mahogany through out the trade and else where. When hand polished wood is often a mgamut of colour and interest please look at my images . There are good reasons why a lot of Mahogany is brown and I will be returning to subject in more depth soon.
Please tell your friends to view my site so they get to see Mahogany at its best other.
It is rare to find a piece two hundred years old in perfect condition but there are still good examples to be found.
Basic check list
Structural condition and originality Repairs can involve many hours
Original handles feet and locks Replacment handles are expensive
Oak /mahogany linings is a plus
Quality and choice of figured wood and patination
Quality of workmanship
Check for live woodworm this is not generally a problem if treated
Check all over for repairs pull out drawers and look at drawer bottoms for groves
Push drawers in out carefully if the drawer makes a clonking sound when being closed that last inch you know runners and bearers need looking at.
Buying from me means you don't have to worry about any of the above mentioned.
As a sole trader and collector I deal with my customers direct "no middle man" all polishing is carried out by me in person.
Stephen Alexander 2nd generation French polisher and fine furniture dealer
I have polished many types of antique and quality furniture dating from early Georgian antique furniture to present day quality new builds including interiors please contact me for free advice whether it’s a dining table, staircase or other wood surface that you are considering renovation or conservation. My thirty plus years of experience can help you make the right decision and get the best results. Send me an image or phone in person 07525494275
I have been polishing Furniture and interiors from most periods for more than thirty years I have always had a passion for wood finishing When I started polishing a lot of furniture mainly Georgian and Victorian pine were being stripped of paint and waxed to show the beauty of natural wood. Today’s fashion for painting furniture has seen many good Mahogany and other hardwood period pieces ruined as paint might go on easily but it can be very difficult and time consuming to remove as the paint goes into the grain and can be extremely difficult to impossible to remove especially on veneered surfaces which can only be lightly sanded (sanding should be avoided on such surfaces and only sanded as a last option)
The colour is perhaps the most important consideration when buying Antique furniture and this effects the value greatly repairs can be carried out to bring a new lease of life but good colour /patina are very difficult to impossible to achieve.