Piero Pompeani – restored furniture

Piero Pompeani trading as Golden Age Restorations since 1989.

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

Mid-century dining suite in teak

Item no. 61

Solid teak mid-century dining suite, circa 1965-70, including table with removable top and 6 armchairs which fit neatly under the table rail. Unusually, and typically found in much earlier Georgian pieces, the table and chairs have been constructed using hand-cut, pegged mortise and tenon joints. The maker is Albert & Co. of Maradana, Colombo, Sri Lanka, as indicated by the maker’s label on every item in the suite. This explains the use of solid teak in the table, teak being native to the region. The top, which has light wear consistent with age, simply lifts off for ease of transport. The chairs have largely been dismantled and rebuilt, as well as the table base, and so are now in excellent, stable condition. The drop-in seats are covered in a durable moquette, most likely original, and also well-maintained.  The existing finish has been retained and the whole suite freshened up with a wax. It’s not often that a dining suite possesses more than a couple of arm chairs, so to have all six, and be able to push them under the table, is a real bonus for comfort and functionality, as well as adding overall strength to the chairs.

The purchaser of the suite will be given first option to purchase a companion sideboard, which also bears the maker’s label and is yet to be restored (price as yet undetermined).

Table height: 76cm  Width: 91cm   Length: 182cm

Chair height: 80cm   Seat depth: 45.5cm   Width at front rail between arm uprights: 40cm

Price: $2350 (price includes table and 6 chairs)


George III mahogany wine table

Item no. 64

Substantial, elegant George III circa 1780 tilt-top mahogany wine table. Good faded patina and pleasing proportions. The top is a single board with a half-bullnose edge and functioning tilt catch, enabling the table to be put to one side when not in use while still showing off its attractive top.

Diameter 74.5cm; height 69cm

Price: $1375


Two-section Japanese Tansu chest

Item no. 60

Late 19th century, Meiji era, six-drawer Japanese Tansu circa 1880s in two sections of equal height, which are separable or held together by swinging iron fittings and pins. Carcase of sugi (Japanese cedar), with face-edging and drawer fronts in Japanese chestnut. Round lock-plates suggest Yonezawa area, and handles are warabite or so-called ‘bracken’ style. Good mid-tone colour which contrasts well with the hardware.

Height 106cm; depth 41.5cm; width 94cm



Barrel-stave Saratoga travel trunk

Item no. 46

Antique (c.1870s) travel trunk with dome top. Construction in canvas over pine carcase with horizontal elm staves and brass and iron fittings. Largely in original (as found) condition, except for revival of wooden slats. One catch functioning, leather handles and metal castors intact as well as original lining. Missing internal tray. A characterful storage item.

Height 64cm; depth 54cm; width 93cm

Price: $ 395

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

Price: $ 2,400


Tansu chest

Item no. 48

A petite tansu chest in cryptomeria wood (sugi), probably last quarter of the nineteenth century (early Meiji period, possibly late Edo) with a well-worn attractive patina. The chest has seven drawers, two of which are recessed and would have originally had a vertical locking bar, now lost. The handles are leech pattern (hirute) in iron. At a height of 63cm, it would be most useful as a bedside cabinet or side cabinet.


Height 63cm; depth 32.5cm (including handles); width 67.5cm

Price: $ 795

Pair of 19th century oak stools

Item no. 49

These joined oak stools are both characterful and versatile. Made in the early 19th century as copies of early 18th century stools, the pegged mortise and tenon joints ensure a sturdy construction.

On Sale  $625

Base: 40cm x 35cm, height 44cm

Price: $ 750


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.

Currently on sale $3750

Height 70 cm – depth 54 cm – width 74 cm

Price: $4200

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

Price: $2100



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

Chippendale Period Tea/Card Table  – c. 1770

Item no. 26

Chippendale period fold-over tea/card table in mahogany. Latter half of the 18th century, possibly as early as the 1760s, this charming table has a frieze cross-banded in thick mahogany veneer and the legs are square-moulded and chamfered. The table possesses a rich patina and deep colour. Seems to have lived long and hard. The single gate leg is a 19th century replacement. The table has been restored structurally and given a shellac/wax finish.

With top open, it measures 90 x 85 cm

Height 72cm – Depth 42.5 cm

Price: $975

Chippendale Period Chest – c. 1760

Item no. 22

Mid-late 18th century Cuban mahogany Chippendale chest circa 1760. Suggesting an earlier period with lipped drawers and front to back oak drawer bases, this piece retains its original hardware and functioning locks. Doric capped quarter columns add some class. Ogee bracket feet to the front (19th century replacement of right bracket and back panelling) and flat brackets to the rear, probably an economy measure given the high cost of mahogany. Restored. Pleasing colour and wax finish.

On SALE $2250

Width: 123 cm – height: 110 cm – depth: 56 cm

Price: $2,750

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 for sale continued on page 2.

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