Collectors or curiosity cabinets have a long tradition. From 17th Century Dutch and Flemish cabinets beautifully embellished with exotic materials, to simple modernist styles with clean lines and simple geometric forms. The design evolution of this cabinet began with Lachlan Macquarie's collectors chest circa 1818. Other influences include the Arts and crafts movement as well as the Aesthetic movement.
Danish Modernism; dining table
This Queensland Hoop pine dining table was made from a large old growth tree that was brought down in a storm. The tree was on my clients family property and they decided to have some of it's timber made into a table for their retirement unit. This custom made table was designed and made by frank based on his clients requirements.
Victorian writing slop
When this writing slope came to us for restoration it was in terrible condition. 60% of the ebony and brass inlay was missing. What was left was removed so as accurate tracings and drawings could be made. Fortunately the pattern was symmetrical which meant it could be fully reproduced from a small section. The mother of pearl escutcheon and cartouche was lost, replace material was sourced cut and fitted. The writing slope was fully French polished.
Edwardian chest of drawers
This Edwardian Walnut chest of drawers was fully restored. The cabinet carcass was structurally unsound with cracks in the Gables. Once the carcass was repaired the drawers, runners and guides could be re-built and re-fitted. The chest was then French polished.
Georgian, chest on chest
This Georgian chest on chest need quite a lot of work. Fortunatly the old finish could be restored without striping back. All the drawers needed to be re-fitted so as it could be used as a functional piece of furniture. The cornice was missing molding and small turnings, which were replicated and re-fitted blending into the existing finish.
Oak and rosewood sideboard
This sideboard with it's dramatic contrasts was made as a statement piece for a new Architecturally designed home. The top and side are solid American white oak, beautifully dovetailed. The flush panel doors are Brazilian Rosewood and the base Black japanned oak.
This window seat has strong Art Deco influences. It's is made out of a combination of Huon Pine, Maple and Brazilian Rosewood.
Oak refectory table
This large table was commissioned for a large old Victorian style home. The uniqueness of this table come from the timber which is very old oak salvaged from an 19th centuary building in France.
American white Ash dining table
This table was a collaboration, designed by Architect John Walsh, Peter geddis a clayfield woodworker made the base and Frank van Brunschot made the top.
Cradle, Joseph sSly
This cradle is an important piece. Made by Joseph Sly an Australian colonial cabinetmaker.
Cutler, American roll top desk
This Cutler Roll top desk needed full restoration. The desk came completely apart and was fully re-built from the ground up. The roll came apart and new canvas was installed. The original locking mechanism was repaired and a reproduction lock sourced and fitted.
Cherrywood dining suit
American Cherrywood dining table and 8 chairs
Edwardian Parlour chairs
Edwardian parlour chairs. Beautifully variegated solid Brazilian Rosewood. These chairs required extensive restoration work, the bone ivory and boxwood marquetry need to be reglued. Missing material was replaced, old Piano key were used to replace the missing ivory inlays. The leg and rail joinery was rebuilt and reglued as need. The chairs were then French polished.
French pre revolution commode chest
This beautiful commode chest needed extensive conservation work.
Swedish empire, secretaire bookcas
This is a very unique piece rarely seen. It's is a swedish country piece made in the French empire style. It is made out of Baltic pine and painted. The drawers of this piece were in very bad condition. The drawer sides needed to be build up and the drawer runners were resurfaced with a piece of oak laminated on to the original runner. The original finish just needed to be cleaned and sealed.
Frank van Brunschot Fine Furniture offers antique furniture restoration with a strong focus on conservation. Custom made furniture, High end Cabinetry and bespoke commissions. Dining tables, chairs, bookcases, sideboards, classical and contemporary styles.