Freud's desk chair after conservation.
in his study at the
The samples of work below give a broad outline of the type
of leather conservation and restoration carried out. However, it is by no
means an exhaustive list.
- Gilt leather conservation
Gilt leather, also sometimes known as Spanish
leather, was mainly used for wall hangings and screens. However, it
may also be found on chairs and other items.
- Furniture conservation
Upholstery on chairs can be conserved and
repaired, and lost colour can be replaced. Items such as desk tops can be
cleaned, repaired and polished.
- Flying Jacket
The leather jacket had tears and loss of
finish. The conservation work included the repair of splits and
reinstatement of finish.
- Car upholstery
Many cars had their leather replaced in the
past. Original covering are becoming relatively rare, particularly on older
cars. Conserving the original rather than replacing it is becoming
increasingly popular. The result is not as strong as new leather but the
seats can usually be used with care.
Incised leather box
Chair with hide seat
Designer leather chairs
Designer furniture from the 60's and 70's is very collectable and the chairs often
have leather components which are failing or losing their colour.
Further examples of leather conservation
This is my other web site where more examples of leather conservation can be found,
including Greta Garbo's make up box.