These chairs were seriously damaged by a plumbing accident while my client was out of the country. Pipes burst upstairs in a home and leaked continuously for over a week. The house needed to be gutted and the chairs which were covered in marquetry were severely damaged. The veneer was as brittle as dry leaves on a cold winter day. There were also significant losses. The images below show the extent of damage and some of the techniques involved in restoring these two chairs.
The side chair when it arrived.