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Lomas was established in Chelmsford over 80 years ago and our aim is to serve our customers past and present with a PERSONAL SERVICE, SKILLED CRAFTSMANSHIP AND SOUND ADVICE including all aspects of furniture restoration and conservation, re-upholstery (traditional and modern), soft furnishings and many more skills.
You are most welcome to take advantage of this expertise, even if it is just advice you need, you will find us a willing and reliable contact. Of course you can always visit us in person (please make an appointment) or visit our website www.LomasAndPigeon.co.uk to see for yourself the work we do and standards we adhere to. It is important to us that you have confidence in our team of highly skilled and qualified craftsmen.
I have worked as self employed Antique Furniture Restorer and Conservator in Topsham since 1976
On graduating from Sussex University I learnt my basic craft skills in the Production Departments of Theatre Companies. I developed these basic skills by joining a long established Company for 5 years which focussed on the restoration and conservation of woodwork in Churches and on architectural joinery: older and more experienced craftsmen passed on their skills and techniques to my benefit.
My range of skills is extensive and includes:
- Cabinet making
- Surface Cleaning
- French polishing
- Wax Polishing
- Inlay and Banding
- Marquetry and Parquetry
- Metal and Lock repairs
I define antiques as of value to the owner and I take the same care and concern regardless of its financial value in the marketplace.
However, I consider I have a responsibility to ensure furniture is restored to maximise its value and longevity as I am aware of the long term costs and difficulties to the customer when furniture has been restored badly.
I am an accredited member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association ( BAFRA) which is the only association of highly skilled and experienced restorers in the United Kingdom. Each prospective member is visited and personally vetted and assessed for their knowledge, skill and integrity.
I am also a member of:
- the UK Institute for Conservation
- the International Institute for Conservation
- the Regional Furniture Society
- the Conservation Unit of the Museum and Galleries Commission
My clients include private individuals, auction houses, museums, local authorities, insurance companies and the National Trust.
I am very happy to show customers around my workshop and provide examples of work I have done as I am only too aware that my customers need to know their furniture is in safe hands.
Furniture and Artefacts
Allen Conservation and Restoration Ltd specialise in the conservation and restoration of fine Antique Furniture and Artefacts.
Established for over 30 years, we offer a comprehensive service across the North of England for all aspects involved in the care of furniture, be it Antique, Vintage or Contemporary.
Utilising traditional methods of application combined with materials suited to age, we maintain the integrity of the subject piece, thus enabling your treasured possessions to have a well cared for appearance whilst ensuring longevity for future generations to enjoy.
We are also highly skilled at employing traditional skills to make bespoke furniture to meet the customer’s individual taste and requirements.
Please contact us to discuss
Our services are wide ranging, a small example includes:
- Traditional French polishing
- Modern finishing
- Upholstery using Traditional methods and materials
- Modern upholstery
- Furniture repairs
- Leather desk linings
- Clock cases and movements
Allen conservation and restoration is a family run business that has been established over 30 years. We offer a full Restoration and Conservation service to all aspects of both Antique furniture and Artefacts.
Situated on a wharf of the Marple to Macclesfield Canal our workshop is a converted rope works originally manufacturing ropes for the canal system.
Located in New Mills, High Peak we are on the edge of the Peak District National Park and offer our services across the North West area, typically working in south Manchester, Cheshire and Derbyshire.
We have been providing a service to private customers, the Antique Trade, Museums and Galleries and private collections for over 3 decades. We are long standing members of BAFRA (British Antique Furniture Restorers Association), The Museum and Galleries Commission and the Institute for Conservation.
We specialise in traditional restoration, finishing and upholstery techniques and have a profound knowledge of traditional methods and materials applied to the conservation and restoration of Antiques.
Wherever possible, only materials originally appertaining to the initial conception and age to the piece are used, utilizing our stock of period timber, veneers and original fixtures and fitting.
Upon contact with us, we will arrange a visit at a mutually convenient time. We will assess your item and recommend a plan of action needed to remedy the situation. If required a written report and quotation will be forwarded on to you within the next couple of days.
All items in our possession, either in transit or in the workshop, are fully insured within our Fine Arts Insurance cover.