Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Parquet Flooring with Design - Livadia Palace, Crimeea

From France to Crimeea. The Livadia Palace has been the summer retreat of czar Nikolas II and his family.
Later the Yalta Conference was held there in 1945.

One of the rooms that was Mr. Roosevelt's study has a design parquet flooring that is of interest to our blog especially that some of the designs are familiar to us. The parquet flooring is made of parquet panels with a certain design - not something special I would say - surrounded by a border (aesthetically questionable) and in the middle they have fit a medallion - a star surrounded by two frames.

No indication of the age of this work.

Livadia Palace, Crimeea, Front

Parquet Flooring - Roosevelt Room, Livadia Palace

Note: the Livadia Palace has another rooms where parquet flooring panels with design are present and where the design is more refined than in the Roosevelt room.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Parquet Flooring with Inlays - Restoration Work, Bordeaux, France

After almost two years of publishing absence I am coming back with a first article of a restoration work including parquet border inlays located in France's Bordeaux by one of our FB friends at Infinity Parkett.

The work to be restored is a parquet flooring with a border inlay where the age left its marks. The parquet flooring consists in a Point d'Hongrie layout surrounded by a border inlay with a Greek key pattern.

The initial state of the parquet flooring - image below:

The border inlay pattern is worked at a reduced thickness. We do not have information whether this parquetry work has been restored before this stage or not.

The corners of the border are cut in round shapes and they have used a floral pattern to complement the main body design.

Another image showing the parquet flooring border pattern from a different angle:

The original wood species were Framire, Ebony, Mahogany and Oak. During restoration some replacements took place bringing Satinwood and Wenge as replacements.

Other relevant images of the restoration work:

And a few final images showing the restored work:

Images courtesy of Infinity Parkett SARL
All images of this project can be seen on Infinity's Fabebook page.