Thanks to Sotheby’s I now have high quality after-treatment images of a dressing table restoration from 1993 that I wrote about in 2015 on this blog. It will be featured in the auction January 19th, 2022, of “Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Pfaffenroth: American Furniture, Silver and Decorative Art.” As was the case in those days, I sometimes did not make a final image of an object after treatment. You make images along the way as the object is being worked on and research is being done. But when the work is complete, and the client is at your door, you know that the object is going to look the way it does for a long time – final photography can wait for another day. That was the case here, but I never did take the chance to make an after treatment over-all image.
Earlier this year, Eric Gronning, Senior Vice President, Head of Department, Americana, Sotheby’s, found the business card I had glued on an interior surface of the carcase of the dressing table and contacted me for any information I had about the dressing table. I would find ways to identify my extensive restoration projects that might be hard to decipher in the future due to the fool-the-eye treatments we were capable of. I’m well pleased Eric found my card and reached out. 28 years later, the simple act of gluing that card, which took 10 seconds, did what it was supposed to do.
The card glued inside the carcase of the dressing table. Sotheby’s photo.