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Atara makes the Grade!

Congratulations to Atara Aberman on attaining BAFRA Graduate Member status. We caught up with Atara at her North London workshop to find out about her and her assessment. After successful careers in IT and child care, Atara wanted to move her career in a more creative direction.     An Open University degree in Art and Literature […]

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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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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 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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A successful BAFRA gilding day with Rod Titian 14th November 2015

We are pleased to be able to publish a report by Helen Osborne. BAFRA Gilding day, Titian Studios by Helen Osborne   I have always been a bit of a magpie and love all that sparkles and shines, so I jumped at the chance when my brother, accredited BAFRA member Jim Broughton (Broughton Restorations) asked […]

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BAFRA AGM 2015 – A most successful day

This year the event was held at Burghley House, near Stamford in Lincolnshire. The house was originally built for Sir William Cecil between 1558 and 1587 and was modelled on the privy lodgings at Richmond Palace. The event started with an informal meeting for coffee in the foyer. The new BAFRA pop up displays were […]

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Successful Colouring Day!!!!

The BAFRA colouring day held at the workshop of Jim Broughton (Broughton Restorations) was a great success.  His colleague Mark Pargeter was also on hand to help out with the practical demonstrations. We had, in total, ten keen attendees – some experienced BAFRA members and general public with less colouring experience (one of whom joined BAFRA […]

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Robert Adam and Neo-Classical-Inspired Furniture

Short courses at Madingley Hall The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) offers short and part-time courses for adults of all ages, taught by Cambridge experts. It is based at Madingley Hall, a beautiful 16th century manor house in the tranquil village of Madingley, near Cambridge. The weekend programme runs all year round. Courses typically last […]

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Our Lady of Sorrows

Associate Bafra Overseas Member Joseph Aquilina of Queen’s Furniture Ltd in Malta has sent in this interesting piece regarding the restoration of the “bradella” and “bankun” of the statue of St. Paul’s at the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in St. Paul’s Bay, Malta. Please click the link below to read the entire article. […]

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A Swiss cylinder musical box by Ami Rivenc of Geneva, number 39208 circa 1890, playing 10 airs as indicated on original tune sheet. Cylinder length 24cm (9.5 inches), case 50cm (19.75 inches) x 29cm (11.5 inches) x 17cm high (16.75 inches).

Antique Disc and Cylinder Musical Boxes by Stephen Kember

Antique Disc and Cylinder musical boxes Almost without exception, everybody who visits my shop in Rye, smiles when they hear a musical box play. Why do people find them so interesting? Maybe the mood or feeling of an earlier era is recreated. The sound produced by a properly restored musical box is exactly as it […]

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The Routine Care of Historic Furniture and Fixed Woodwork in Churches

Advice Note prepared by the Regional Furniture Society in association with BAFRA (British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association) and The Churches Conservation Trust, January 2009.  Historic context  British churches contain some of the finest surviving examples of fixed woodwork and furniture in the country, in some cases dating back to the medieval period. They bear witness […]

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Retaining original surfaces

By Bruce Luckhurst Students studying advanced restoration techniques are often presented with the problem of re-jointing panels or table tops without removing any of the original surfaces. We have all seen the result of unskilled restorers biscuit jointing or dowelling panels out of register to then scrape the surfaces level, hopefully leaving some of the […]

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The re-upholstery of a pair of bergeres

By Bert Chapman MBE and Michael Barrington This pair of English made bergère chairs, made in the late 18th Century or possibly early 19th, had been substantially altered, the gilded frames damaged and the upholstery poorly executed. The standard of the frame construction is good but they had been re-gilded without interlagio over the frame […]

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