Brief Outline of Treatments:
Broken off dowels removed from finials and mounting faces with new ones of maple inserted. Broken torus section of upper finial rebuilt. Detached finials reassembled/joined onto body with hot hide glue. Hot hide glue instilled into loose areas of joinery and detached finials.
Silica and phenolic microballoon epoxy bound mixture injected into areas of termite damage and filled/formed to surface profile of edge.
Surfaces vacuumed and cleaned with cotton swabs wetted by hexanes and/or water/ethanol/surfactants.
As the gold leafing was applied by several different techniques (burnished and unburnished water gilding and oil gilding), no single solvent cleaning strategy could be utilized overall.
Separate areas were tested and examined under microscope to determine the gilding scheme in specific areas.