Circular Koa table with base attributed to Wilhelm Fischer (det. by I. Jenkins)
Measuring approximately: 291⁄2” high x 52” diameter. Accession #: 7582
Areas of concern: Glued joints at leg-to-column on the three legs are loose/movable.
Treatment: Remove top from column/base assembly, remove legs from column. Clean mating surfaces and rejoin legs to column with hot hide glue.
Clean table surface with hexanes and water/surfactants on paper toweling to remove wax and other contaminants and paint residues. Fill major losses to bead section of one foot (isolated by a layer of Acryloid B-72®) with an epoxy-bound pigment tinted silica and phenolic microballoon mixture; trim to profile. Inpaint with light-stable dyes as necessary and seal with orange shellac. French polish over other abrasions on base. Lightly French polish top. Paste wax and polish all.
Treatment Objective: Lessen unsightly appearance on moldings and overall; seal exposed wood surfaces to prevent further losses and repair loose joinery to prevent failure/breakage.
Octagonal Hawaiian woods inlaid table attributed to William Menzel
Measuring approximately: 30” high x 44 ½” diameter
Areas of concern: Many of the inlays of the top have shrunken and are loose from secondary wood with one piece separated/removable.
Treatment: Clean/de-wax all finished surfaces (hexanes and water/surfactants on paper toweling). Separate and disassemble top from column. Reposition and re-glue glue-blocks on underside of top-to-apron and reattach separated apron section as necessary with hot hide glue. Consolidate loosened sections of wood inlays to top with hot hide glue using a bag/vacuum press and cauls as necessary. Consolidate delaminated/loose applied moldings as necessary with hide glue. Remove legs from column, clean joints and reattach with hot hide glue. Reassemble all. Lightly French polish over abraded areas, paste wax and polish.
Treatment Objective: Stabilize loose or detached inlays, apron section, corner blocking and applied moldings.