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Furniture conservation
Carving and Gilding
Boulle Marquetry
Dutch Marquetry
Objects Conservation
Reconstruction
Desk Restoration
Furniture Repairs
Woodworm Treatment
Lacquer Restoration
Marble Restoration
Structural Repairs
Veneer Repairs
Upholstery
Conservation Cleaning
Leather Replacement
French Polishing
Lacquer and Japanning
Special Projects

Clock Conservation
Antique Clock restoration
Clock Movement Restoration
Clock Dial Restoration
Antique Clock Servicing
Clock Case Restoration

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Customer Reviews

""I am really pleased with the desk you did. It looks great"

Diana B.- Winchester - 05/10/2012

 
 
 
Carving and Gilding  
An early 19th century carved and water gilded looking glass
Giltwood mirror

An early 19th century carved gilded mirror missing its focal ornament. After extensive research and digital prototyping a replacement classical urn was carved from lime wood

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wood carving
     
gilding

The replacement sections were water gilded in the traditional manner before toning in to match the existing gilding scheme.

 

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antique gilding
An early 19th century marble specimen table
gilding conservation

The Damaged gilding usually represents a larger area of loose or cleaved gesso.

New gesso is built up as on the right, around 15 coats for this project.

 

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gilding restoration
     
gilder

The replacement gilding here was 23.25ct gold leaf carefully matched to the original gilding, applied in the traditional manner.

Finally the new gilding is toned in to match the original surface using a protective size coat.

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A Regency convex mirror
furniture repairs

This badly damaged regency convex mirror had structural damage as well as lost and over painted gilding

The fragile and detached areas were consolidated and carefully reattached using Isinglass injected under the lifted areas.

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Final frame repairs are done before the new carefully colour matched bole is applied.

The replacement gilding here was 23.25ct gold leaf carefully matched to the original gilding, applied in the traditional manner.

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antique conservation

Finally the new gilding is toned in to match the original surface and highlights burnished on the water gilded areas.

A protective coat of micro-crystalline wax completes the treatment.

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Antique Clock Restoration
See Also:
Clock Movement Restoration

Clock Dial Restoration
Antique Clock Servicing
 
A late 18th century satinwood cased white dial clock
hampshire clock restoration

This unusual clock had been stored innapropriately for many years. A full restoration to the case and movement were necessary to return the clock to working order.

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hampshire clock conservation
     
hampshire antique clock

The replacement carving was matched with the original, and many missing sections of banding had to be hand cut from the solid.

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hampshire antique clock restoration
Boulle Marquetry  
An early 18th century Boulle marquetry clock and bracket
boulle clock

This Boulle style clock case required extensive restoration. Approximately 25% of the brass and 10% of the turtle-shell was missing. The remaining marquetry needed removing to stabilise the substrate

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boulle clock restoration
     
boulle clock restorer

The ormolu mounts carried a duty stamp for 1740 allowing accurate dating. Working alongside a clock conservator and with specialist restoration to the enamel dial the treatment was a great success

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boulle clock repairs
Dutch Marquetry  
An early 19th century Dutch Marqutry folding card table
boulle clock

This early 19th century Dutch Marquetry folding card table was missing its central motif, the remaining marquetry needed localised consolidation.

After planning the new roundel by research and digital prototyping the new panel was cut, glued onto paper and fitted.

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boulle clock restoration
     
boulle clock restorer

The new panel needed careful colouring and polishing followed by a good quality wax finish to help protect the top from future damage.

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boulle clock repairs
Lacquer and Japanning
An important Late 18th century Japanned clock by Claude du Chesne
Lacquered or Japanned clock cases

This late 18th century Lacquered Longcase clock was from the workshops of Claude du Chesne, an Important Hugenot clock maker with examples of his work in the Victoria and Albert museum.

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The case needed a full restoration as the Japanned finish was lost on the sides and badly damaged on the front. The base of the trunk was lost completely.

Lacquered or Japanned clock case restoration
     
Lacquered clock cases

The new Japanning needed careful matching and toning of the gold leaf to match the original work, followed by a good quality wax finish to help protect the surface from future damage.

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The Japanning of the sides were reproduced from existing examples and the design is based on stylised chrysanthemums, a popular chioiserie motif.

 

Japanned clock cases
An important Late 17th century Italian marriage cassonne
Polychrome and cut gesso restoration

This important late 17th century marriage cassonne had suffered damage to it's cut gesso and polychrome decoration.

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The damaged area was isolated using a reversible barrier coat before restoration began

cut gesso restoration
     
Polychrome restoration

The new gesso was applied and allowed to cure before cutting in the design in the traditional manner.

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Finally th epolychrome decoration was reproduced to complete the conservation treatment

 

 

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Objects Conservation  
A 17th century pilgrims model of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre
antique furniture

This heavily damaged Olive-wood pilgrims model required extensive structural repair and replacement of missing mother of pearl sections.

 

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mother of pearl restoration

Ivory sections were replaced using cast epoxy resins and the full treatment is entirely reversible

 

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ivory restoration
Reconstruction  
A Regency work table
Victorian table
This regency work table had been altered around 100 years ago with the marriage of straight tapering legs. These were removed to allow consolidation of the remaining carcass.



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Regency table
     
cabinet maker
New components were constructed from period timber in the traditional nineteenth century manner.



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furniture reconstruction
     
bafra
After repairing the top and replacing missing cross banding the new components were attached and coloured in to match the original.

 


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A coaching table
antiques
This pretty folding mahogany coaching table was reproduced from a photograph, as you can see some alterations were made to the original dimensions and design by adding a bespoke brass arrow detail and a handmade brass catch.

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A 19th century satinwood elbow chair
Satinwood antique chair
This chair was missing all 4 feet along with various splits and damaged caning. New feet were turned using Satin Birch, the splits were all consolidated and the chair re-caned.

 

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Satinwood antique restoration
Repairs  
An 18th century walnut fauteuil
antique chair repair

A difficult break in this walnut fauteuil was carefully built up using 7 different splices of old walnut to provide an almost invisible and very strong repair.

FTIR was used to establish repair history and allow controlled reversibility.

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antique furniture repair
Woodworm Treatment  
A 17th century Italian chair
woodworm treatment
This rare late 17th century chair had suffered extensive common furniture beetle damage. After treating the infestation the damaged timber was consolidated and the missing area reconstructed by epoxy casting over japanese tissue.

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antique woodworm treatment
 
 
Lacquer Finishing  
12 Seater Dining table & Chairs
lacquer restoration

The Damaged lacquer on this dining table was repaired before new lacquer was applied to bring up the finish.

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Marble Repairs  
Marble Specimen table
marble repairs
This Pietre Dure table had a structural crack that was also unsightly. After treatment the marble was cleaned and treated with a protective wax.
marble restoration
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Structural Repairs  
Early 18th century Walnut chest
antiques

This early 18th century Walnut chest had suffered extensive woodworm damage and neglect, but was 90% complete.

After careful reconstruction of the damage done by fitting knobs the piece was french polished and waxed.

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Victorian Circular Pot Cupboard
antiques

A Victorain Pot Cupboard having suffered extensive woodworm damage and neglect, but 99% complete.

After Careful re-gluing and doweling of the ring, some minor veneer repairs the piece was french polished and waxed.

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Victorian Writing table
table repairs
This late Victorian Writing table had suffered badly from watermarking. Approximately 50% of the mouldings were misiing and there was extensive structural damage. After French polishing the colour of the timber can be fully appreciated.
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George II Toilet Mirror
antique mirror

A super George II toilet mirror, missing its ogee feet.

After fitting the replacement feet and some minor veneer repairs the piece was cleaned and waxed.

antique mirror restoration
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Victorian Windsor Chair
windsor chair
A super ash elm and yew windsor chair, apart from the structural damage all it needed was a clean and wax polish.
windsor chair restoration
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Edwardian Jardiniere
french polish
This jardiniere, was in a pretty bad way, after repairs and removal of the de-natured polish, the the colour shows through.
french polishing
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Victorian Grandad Chair
french polisher
This chair was missing two stretchers and both arms when it arrived at the workshops. A full refinish was required to bring it back to life.
french polish reviver
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Veneer Repairs  
George III Side Table
veneer repairs
A rare George III side table missing a large section of veneer at the back of the table top, and requiring a bespoke brass swan neck handle.
antique veneer repairs
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George III Bureau
georgian bureau
A George III oak bureau requiring total restoration including brasses, spliced repairs to the bracket feet and replacement of missing mahogany crossbanding.
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George III Bureau (Interior)
hampshire antiques
The new central door was made from period timber, the veneer for the star was handcut from holly and ebony and the knobs were turned from ivory on the lathe.
hampshire furniture
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Upholstery  
Set of Six Victorian Dining Chairs
antique chairs
The frames had suffered woodworm damage - after removal of the infested timber, the frames were upholstered in a fabric of the clients choice.
antique chair repairs
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Balloon-back Dining Chair
portsmouth restoration
This balloon-back chair needed extensive frame repairs before using an old leather to complete the re-upholstery.
southampton restoration
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Conservation Cleaning  
Victorian Bonheur Du Jour
winchester restoration
An attractive Victorian bonheur du jour needing a replacement hinge, a professional clean and a new leather.
desk leather
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Mid 18th Century Oak Mule Chest
oak furniture
A rather dilapidated George II oak mule chest retaining its original brass. A wonderful colour had survived beautifully underneath the many layers of discoloured Victorian varnish.
georgian furniture
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Georgian supper table
 mahogany furniture
A georgian supper table in for a clean. As you can see under the grime was a beautiful original patina.
mahogany restoration
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Edwardian Writing Desk
antique desk
An arts and crafts influenced writing desk missing a section of moulding and in for a clean.
antique desk restoration
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Early Victorian tea table
georgian table
An early Victorian tea table needing a good a clean and some re-polishing to the top.
georgian restoration
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Desk Restoration  

An18th century Mahogany kneehole desk

antique furniture

This heavily damaged desk had been in the hands of an amateur restorer, it was missing its feet and signicant other parts

 

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mother of pearl restoration

The original 18th century silvered mirror looked good back in place, as did the handmade ivory escutcheons

 

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Leather Replacement  
Walnut serpentine desk
desk leather

The Damaged leather on this desk was carefully removed before a new skiver was applied and gold tooled to match the original pattern.

leather restoration
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Walnut Davenport
leather replacement

The Damaged leather on this davenport was a carefully matched skiver to the desk above, it was applied and tooled in black to match the original pattern.

leather skiver
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French Polishing  
Georgian Pot Cupboard
furniture repairs
This George III pot cupboard needed the de-natured polish carefully removing before a full re-polish restored it to its former glory. The reproduction brass fittings complete the job.
furniture restoration
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William IV Wot Not
hampshire repairs
This William IV Wot Not needed some structural repairs and some black rings and scratches removing before a full re-polish restored it to its original condition.
hampshire furniture
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Victorian Bow-front Chest of Drawers
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This Victorian country bow-front chest of drawers needed the de-natured polish carefully removing before a full re-polish restored it to its former glory.
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Victorian Breakfast Table
french polishing courses
This Victorian breakfast table with a massive one-plank top was in wonderful condition underneath the damaged polish.
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Regency Writing Desk
replace desk leather
This late George III writing desk was missing veneer, and needed to have the 1930's leatherette removed and replaced with the original leather skiver.
repair desk leather
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Victorian Walnut tea table
walnut furniture
This late Victorian tea table had suffered badly from watermarking. After a full re-polish the beauty of the timber really shows through.
polishing antiques
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Victorian Ladies Desk
repair antique desk
After replacing the drawer handles with reproductions of the orignal handles, and a new leather, the desk was french polished in the traditional manner.
revive antique desk
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William IV Wine Table
antiques hampshire
This pretty wine table had leg damage and as you can see the one plank top needed french polishing.
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Special Projects  
Collections management and in-situ projects for Large Country and Town Houses
pole lathe
This 18th century Bavarian Sleigh required structural restoration but could not be moved from its location. A bespoke stand was built to allow repairs to the carved and gilded sleds

 

 

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pole lathe turning
     
antique restoration hampshire

After restoration an iron and mahogany transport carriage was fabricated with rubber lockable wheels to allow the sleigh to be moved around without causing damage to the delicate parts of the object.

We can undertake many projects in-situ if required or if it is in best interests of the object.

 

 

 

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winchester
     
Reconstruction of an 18th century Pole Lathe method of producing twist turnings
pole lathe
After research a pole lathe was built from seasoned larch, this example capable of centre and bowl turning. After some practice to master the basics I was ready to produce a twist.

 

 

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pole lathe turning
     
antique restoration hampshire
After marking out the pitch in the 18th century manner a saw cut provided the basis for roughing out the twist with gouges.

 

 

 

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winchester
     
southampton

Then came the coarse medium and fine rasps, followed by coarse medium and fine files.

The final sanding was done using sharkskin and the twists burnished with shavings to complete the finish.

 

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portsmouth
Casting of brass components
winchester restorer

To reproduce a specific brass casting one option available is sand casting.

A wooden "plug" is made along with a mold to cast a "core" from sand - excluding the melt from the negative space.

 

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southampton restorer
     
portsmouth restorer

The brass is heated in a crucible along with borax to inhibit oxidation during the pour. The casing can be seen on the right before removal of excess material.

 

 

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hampshire restorer
     
antique restorer

After removal and shaping, files were softened - shaped and re-tempered into scrapers to produce an authentic finish and witness toolmarks.

The process is repeated for all components - the finished castor (1 of 4) can be seen on the right


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