Author Archive | Ian Wall

The Royal Institution of Great Britain Grand Staircase Restoration by Scott Bowran

The Royal Institution of Great Britain Grand Staircase Restoration Scott Bowran – Warring & Lansdall

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Tools and techniques 1600-1840 by Clive Edwards

TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES 1600-1840 by Clive Edwards Clive Edwards is Emeritus Professor of Design History at Loughborough University. After a career in the retailing of furniture and interiors he took an MA in the History of Design at the Royal College of Art/Victoria and Albert Museum and subsequently completed a PhD on Victorian furniture technology. […]

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Antiques for Everyone Winter Fair, 23 – 26 November, NEC Birmingham

A special invitation to attend the above fair has been extended to BAFRA members. Established as the largest vetted art, antiques and interiors fair outside London, Antiques for Everyone is the destination for all collectors, interior enthusiasts or those looking to shop for unique Christmas gifts this season. With over 200 specialist dealers displaying more […]

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New members of the Executive Committee – 2017

BAFRA is pleased to announce the appointment of two Associate Members to the Executive Committee, Rachel Cooze and Cesar Cerejo. Rachel has taken on the role of Events Officer. Rachel Cooze was born in Wiltshire and still lives in the county.  She studied French at Cardiff University and was awarded a BAHons.  After a successful career […]

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BAFRA at Godinton House, Ashford, Kent – 5th October 2017

BAFRA at Godinton House, Ashford, Kent – 5th October 2017 by Rachel Cooze The venue for this year’s AGM was Godinton House, near Ashford, Kent.  This gem of a red brick Jacobean manor house, mellowed with age, sits in tranquil parkland.   The outline of its semi-circular Flemish gables is echoed in the neat yew hedges […]

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The Finchcocks Charity – Conservation Report by Bruce Luckhurst

Bruce Luckhurst was employed by Adlam-Burnett in 1976 to restore and copy instruments from the Finchcocks Museum of Early Keyboard Instruments.    His association with the collection continued for 43 years until the sale in 2017 of 99 instruments and the country house which accommodated them.  The owners, Dick and Katrina Burnett, retained  fourteen representative […]

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James Broughton of “Alexander George Fine Antiques Ltd”, appointed Chairman of British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA) at this year’s A.G.M. at Godinton House, 5th October 2017

James, a BAFRA accredited conservator with over 35 years experience working at the highest levels of the antique trade, has served on the Executive Committee for the last four years in the position of “Events organiser” James is a partner of “Alexander George Fine Antiques Ltd” Along with his business partner Mark Pargeter, they run […]

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Living and caring for Antique Furniture

Living with Antique Furniture The Natural Enemies (1) Climate   Until the first quarter of the 20th. century, most furniture was made with natural organic materials, whereas today some of the organic materials have been  made more stable with the introduction of chipboard, hardboard and MDF. It is the instability of wood in particular that […]

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Dyeing Timber – Harewood by Richard Higgins

Dyeing Timber – Harewood by Richard Higgins It would seem that to buy new harewood or other dyed timbers today is all but impossible and supplies of old coloured veneers similarly unattainable. There are available (from Crispins etc.) Italian imports as used in their modern marquetry reproduction furniture but these are incredibly thin knife cut […]

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BAFRA Logo now a protected trade mark

The BAFRA logo is now protected as a Trade Mark with the Intellectual Property Office. It is covered under Class 35:The provision of business and other services for members and the promotion of public awareness of the Association and Class 37: Antique furniture repair, conservation and restoration services. The mark is a Collective Trade Mark. […]

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Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, 1 – 6 November – Complimentary tickets

Over 100 specialist dealers will present an irresistible array of works across arts, antiques, furniture, jewellery and design. Pieces range from the modern, eclectic and quirky to the traditional and classic offering extraordinary choice to inspire stylish interiors, add to your collection and find unique gifts. For more information visit: Simply click here to […]

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BAFRA at the Winter Decorative and Antiques Fair in Battersea Park 2016

Between 27th September and 2nd October 2016 BAFRA was represented by various members at their stand within the Decorative and Antiques fair of 2016.  It is important to note that whilst BAFRA was primarily created to safeguard the interests of buyers and owners of antiques and the antique trade most members are able to also […]

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Adam Price of Adam Price Restoration achieves BAFRA Accreditation

BAFRA is pleased to confirm that Accreditation has been granted to Adam Price of Adam Price Restoration Limited. Adam has been working as a specialist wood finisher and restorer for 25 years. Originally trained as a French polisher, Adam studied cabinet making, restorative cabinet making and specialist finishing under Bruce Luckhurst at both West Dene […]

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BAFRA is pleased to announce two more confirmed training days: Upholstery Day at The School of Stuff in London Saturday 5th March 2016 and A Colouring Clinic at the studios of Jim Broughton/Mark Pargeter in Oxfordshire Saturday 23rd April 2016 Both days are free to Accredited Members, all other membership categories are just £10 with […]

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BAFRA accredited member Vincent Reed and the old oak panelling at Groombridge Place

As reported in the Telegraph.   Centuries old oak panelling at Groombridge Place has been lovingly restored. Sarah Lonsdale garners tips from the craftsmen who breathe life into antique wood In the recent film remake of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, audiences were captivated yet again by the humour and complexities of the much-loved characters. […]

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BAFRA at the Historic Buildings, Parks & Gardens Event 2015 on Tuesday 17th November 2015

The Historic Buildings, Parks and Gardens Event 2015 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1 . BAFRA once again took a stand at this extremely prestigious event. It has proved to be a great opportunity to engage with potential clients from a different approach, rather than the usual antique fairs […]

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