I told you how my building contractor here in Florida gave me a table that he thought "fit my style" but was in need of some restoration. I told how I found the signature of Frank Lloyd Wright on the bottom, lined up someone with expertise to restore it (rather than "refinish" it) and then, you remember we had those pictures of possible upholstery fabrics for you to choose from…
Here is the finished product. This is a table designed by Wright in 1953, in his Taliesin series, named for his personal residence in Wisconsin. The table has a copper molding with a Greek key detail; that has been removed, cleaned, replaced. The dentil molding on the chairs and table legs has been cleaned so that it stands out more distinctly and the chairs original Shepherd’s casters have been polished and reseated. Several broken chair rungs were repaired and all of them were reglued. The extension hardware underneath the table was removed, cleaned and replaced. The wood is Honduran Mahogany. There are two leafs, also with copper molding, that extend the table to 72 inches.
I’m very happy with how the table turned out and I feel as though the cost of restoration was well worth it. We’re going to use it as a library table for now. (I know, there are no books in the library. All my reading from the past month is stacked up on my bedside and the last thing we were going to move down here to a winter house was more books. But we do have books.) There is a piece of protective glass if we decide to use it as a dining table at some point.
I called David, who gave me the table, and although I feared he might have misgivings about parting with this great find, he’s genuinely pleased that the table has found a new home and been restored to it’s original condition.