Piero Pompeani – restored furniture

Piero Pompeani trading as Golden Age Restorations since 1989.

Phone: 0438 298740      Email: goldenagerestorations@gmail.com

The following items have been restored by Piero and are for sale.

French Deco Sideboard
French Deco Sideboard


French Deco Sideboard
French Deco Sideboard

French Deco sideboard

Item no. 82

Very stylish French walnut sideboard, circa 1930, with clean lines and generous proportions. The sideboard has 2 cupboards with a pull-out slide above each and 4 drawers. Having a frame and panel back and a fully polished interior, this is a very classy piece of its day. The book-matched walnut figure is very attractive and enhanced by an unusual Deco-style post-and-rail brass gallery (originally for hanging a splash-back curtain). The angular turned walnut knobs harmonise well with the individual brass columns, square tapered feet and a touch of carving to the base. Fully functioning mortise locks. The use of veneered plywood and solid timber combines with hand-cut dovetails and other traditional joinery in the carcase. Restoration has included some refinishing of surfaces, rebuilding of base, re-instatement of missing brass rail. Condition is excellent, although some scratches and marks consistent with use are still present.

Height to top: 100cm     Height including railing: 134.5cm   Width: 176.5cm    Depth: 66cm

Price: $2850

Australian cedar chiffonier

Item no. 81

Late 19th century, circa 1880s, 2-door chiffonier, with 2 drawers and rich patina, which is desirable in an Australian cedar piece.  The back of this rococo-revival chiffonier bears a stencil with the name ‘Trueman’ and the addresses 41 and 115 Clarendon St in South Melbourne, which was a furniture district from the 1880s. The door locks were missing and have been replaced, and the finish has been tidied up in part. 

Height: 155cm    Width: 122cm    Depth: 49.5cm

Price: $975

Silky oak library bookcase

Item no. 80

1920s, possibly Edwardian, double-bodied, glazed bookcase in solid Australian silky oak and hoop pine. Several species come under the title silky oak, and this one may be southern silky oak (grevillea robusta). The doors are beautifully figured, showing the characteristic ray figure, and the glass possesses a lovely wavy texture. There is thick (15mm) tongue and groove hoop pine panelling lining the back. The cabinet is tall and commodious with an internal depth of 30.5cm and adjustable shelving, plenty of room for those large reference books. It is a well-made piece with very neat hand-cut dovetails joining the carcases. It has been re-polished.

Height 239cm – width 112.5cm – depth 37cm

Price: $2200

Japanese cha-dansu (tea utensil chest)

Item no. 74

Antique late-Meiji cha-dansu (Japanese tea utensil chest) circa 1890s, with six drawers, two sliding doors (removable) and one drop-in door. The sliding doors display book-matched keyaki panels with a lovely grain pattern. Cabinet facing and drawer lining is in kiri wood (paulownia) and the rest of the carcase is in sugi. A steel frame has been constructed to optimise the chest’s practical uses, but it can be removed if a more traditional look is desired. There are no locks, as was typical with a tea utensil chest, and the handles are forged warabite (bracken style). The whole retains a very pleasing, worn patina. 

Height 89.5cm – height w/out base 57.5cm – width 89cm – depth 40cm

Price: $1650


Early 19th century tilting table

Item no. 70

Elegant mahogany and rosewood tilting table, circa 1825, with beautifully patinated surface to the top. The rectangular top with canted corners is veneered in a mellowed and faded flame mahogany with rosewood cross-banding. Apart from some repairs to the latter and waxing, the surface is in original condition. The latch is a later replacement, which keeps the top firmly in place. The serpentine legs have been restored and are in excellent condition. This attractive piece is an ideal occasional table, or can be tilted in the corner and admired for its glorious patina. 

Height 72cm – depth 54cm – width 43cm

Price: $ 950

Early- to mid-19th century four-drawer desk

Item no. 13

Elegant and practical four-drawer mahogany  desk from c. 1830-50. The desk has mahogany cross-banding to the top, ebony banding, and ebonised ringlets to the turned legs, and generally a lovely original patina. It has an adjustable writing surface which comfortably accommodates the use of a laptop keyboard and leaves space around the slope for fixed items (eg lamp, books). The faux leather may or may not be original, but is most likely also 19th century. The desk bears a striking similarity to an illustration on p.42 of the Pictorial Dictionary of British 19th Century Furniture Design (Antique Collectors’ Club, 2003), which is attributed to W. Smee and Sons. Castors are new replacements. Drawer locks are in working order.

Height 77cm to the writing surface; 84.5 cm overall height – depth 69 cm – width 106.5cm

Price: $ 1950


Early Dutch oak dressing table

Item no. 35

A delightful early 18th century (circa 1720) Dutch oak, 3-drawer dressing/side table. This piece has a warm, time-worn patina, poise and personality. Restoration included replacement of three pad feet which were copied from the existing original. The shaped knee-hole apron and knee blocks were also missing and all repairs colour matched to existing finish. More detailed information re restoration available on request. Reduced from $4200

Height 70 cm – depth 54 cm – width 74 cm

Price: $3750

Set of four George III dining chairs

Item no. 3

Set of four George III, circa 1780s Hepplewhite period dining chairs. These camel back mahogany chairs, with wheat sheaf motif to the splat, are in very sound condition. The finish has been revived and the drop-in seats have been re-covered.

Height 95cm; depth 42.5cm; width 52.5cm

Price: $ 1,350 for the set  

Regency bow front chest

Item no. 58

Beautifully figured mahogany, Regency period, bow front chest, circa 1810. Comprising three long and two short drawers, functioning original brass locks and alternately ebonised reed-turned feet. Unconventionally, but perhaps due to the preference for rosewood during this period, the drawer sides are rosewood. The squared corners of the main cabinet with ebony stringing and cross-banding, rather than reeded moulding, suggest an era circa 1800, however, the turned, reeded feet are more akin to Regency. The overall impression is of a transitional piece. Although it had turned wooden knobs when found, marks suggested original round metal handles and have been replaced by this restorer accordingly. There has been extensive rebuilding of drawers to ensure smooth functioning, and refinishing was required, while retaining as much faded patina as possible. A very elegant piece.

Height 97.5cm; depth 56cm; width 106cm


William IV mahogany card table

Item no. 1

Beautifully figured William IV mahogany fold-over card table circa 1830. It has a hollowed out base, typical of the period, and is easy to manoeuvre on its castors. With a very compact footprint, it makes an ideal hall table, or it can be opened out as a card table.

Height 77cm  Top dimensions: closed 96.5 x 47.7 cm; open 96.5 x 95.2 cm


Georgian medicine box

Item no. 21

Handsome mahogany medicine/apothecary box, circa 1820. It is fitted with a bottom drawer released by a brass pin. Its handles are original and it has a working lock with a replacement key. The original underlid fabric has been re-used with new padding.

Height 26 cm – depth 18 cm – width 26.5 cm

Price: $795

Pair of 18th century French Louis XV side chairs

Item no. 303

Elegant pair of painted and gilded French side chairs circa 1775. Replacement cane to backs and one seat as well as one missing seat frame replaced. Structural joint rebuilding, some paintwork and gilding repairs carried out, whilst retaining as much as possible of the existing finish. Now in excellent condition.

Price: $4250 pr

Restored furniture which has been sold can be viewed on page 2.

You can also see examples of Piero’s previous works here

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