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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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