EARLY PAINTED ROCKING CHAIR
Before the present owner inherited this very old family piece someone had unfortunately tried to strip the original surface. Good, early painted surfaces are treasured as American Folk Art for their visual appeal, value and collectibility.
This rocker originally had a red "ground," or base coat primer, under the black finish color. Once cleaned and recoated with red, the black is reapplied followed by careful in painting of the decorative forms.
Just enough of the floral image remained on the crest rail to discern the original shape and color. Once the overall paint was restored, a low sheen hand-rubbed beeswax finish was applied for an aged, soft look.