THE MOST significant piece of furniture belonging to the Burn House in Glenesk has been returned to its former glory after a lengthy restoration.
The Louis XVI style table was unveiled at a ceremony last week in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Georgiana Osborne, and other dignitaries.
The table had been attacked by woodworm causing part of one of the slender legs to sever. Consequently, it had been consigned to an outhouse, as its importance had not been appreciated.
Twelve months ago David Turner, the present bursar at the Burn, met and asked Fern’s well known violin maker and restorer David Vernon if he could repair the leg. After grafting a new piece onto the intact upper part of the leg, David pointed out that much more could be done to repair damage to the top.
After many hours of skilled, painstaking work he transformed the table. Its cracked and very concave top with missing marquetry inlays and ebony veneers was brought back to life, down to the last detail such as unique ormolu decorations on a leg which were specially cast and fitted.
The National Trust of Scotland, the National Museum of Scotland and the V & A Museum have all researched the origins of the table but so far there has been no conclusive information about its exact age and origin.
The marquetry design throughout the table is very distinctive, and David is convinced that there must be similar tables of this design in existence to help with exact identification.