This elaborate Jardinier was suffering from woodworm had missing veneer, a missing liner and tainted ormolu mounts.
The first step, as with all infected pieces, was to treat the woodworm. The ormolu mounts were removed and cleaned and the chipped and missing veneers were prepared ready for the repairs.
Loose veneer was secured and period veneers were used to replace the missing veneer. Both the top and four corner faces had to be replaced with ebony veneer. After the repairs had been trimmed the jardinier was carefully cleaned making sure to preserve the original patina. The repairs were coloured out to match the existing and the piece French polished and waxed. The base was secured and the ormalu mounts positioned, the last job was to make the missing lead liner.