The simplest definition of French Polishing is "...the application of a glossy surface to timber, by the means of a Lac or Shellac solution". Shellac is a polish made from the exudation of the Lac Beetle and mixed with methylated spirit.
French Polishing is a very popular finish for fine pieces of furniture, and the application is an 'art' in itself. It is applied in numerous layers of polish by a rubber (a pad made of wadding and cloth to apply the polish) until the desired degree of depth is obtained.
The purpose of French Polishing is to seal the timber and prevent movement due to moisture absorption. It wears well, keeps the dirt out and provides a superior finish.
In the hands of a capable craftsman French Polishing provides an immaculate finish to your furniture whilst enhancing the features of the timber.