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Bill Ratcliffe – Craven Conservation & Restoration Ltd

Craven Conservation Ltd provides a professional conservation and restoration service for furniture and decorative arts. We offer a wide range of skills including cabinetmaking, surface finishing, marquetry, wood turning, gilding, cane/rush seating, traditional upholstery and all general restoration work. We complete work for the general public and take on projects of all sizes. We also complete work for museums and historic house and support other conservators on larger projects when required. We focus on traditional craft skills combined with modern conservation standards and techniques.

Director, Bill Ratcliffe has many years of experience and is fully qualified. These qualifications include City & Guilds in cabinet making, upholstery and surface finishing though to a Masters Degree in the Conservation of Historic Objects. Work is completed from a professional well equipped secure workshop in Newmarket, Suffolk.

We operate by appointment only so please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will do all we can to help and advise with your project, however big or small.

 

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Ian Wall Furniture Restoration

I provide a comprehensive restoration, repair and conservation service on all types of antique and modern furniture and wooden artifacts. I aim to provide a first class service with professional and experienced advice. My well equipped workshop has easy access to the M27 from both Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth and I am able to offer transportation of items by arrangement. I value my reputation for reliability and punctual completion. I am an Accredited Member of the prestigious British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association having passed the stringent assessment process in April 2008 and sit on the Executive Committee. I trained at West Dean College and passed, with Distinction, their Diploma in the Conservation and Restoration of Antique Furniture before completing a further year and achieving a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Sussex in 2003. I then worked alongside an experienced restorer before setting up my own premises in October 2011. I share the premises with my wife who is a picture framer and can undertake all types of framing and frame restoration.

Hours of business

I am at the workshop Monday to Friday from around 09.30 am until 5.30pm. I am often there late and sometimes earlier. I am also out on site work and deliveries. It is best to ring me beforehand before calling at the workshop so I can ensure I am there.

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Rodrigo Titian – Titian Studio

Watch “Titian Studio” on Vimeo: Titian Studio

Titian Studios has been a family run business since Rodrigo’s father started trading in 1963 and has been in Rodrigo’s care along with his wife Rosaria, who specialises in painted and decorated surfaces, lacquer and japanning, since 1986. Rodrigo was brought up with the restoration business and all through childhood he frequented the workshops. He first learnt how to gild at the age of 14 by his father and attended his apprenticeship at the age of 16 with Fernandes & Marche Gilders and Fine Furniture restorers and runs regular gilding courses at his London studio.

He has been an accredited member of the prestigious British Antique Furniture Restorers Association since 1986 and was vetted by John Kitchin MBE (then head of furniture and conservation at the V&A.). He also sits on the Executive Committee. He has co-written a book with his wife “Gilding and Lacquering” and has appeared on BBC2 for an Arts and crafts restoration programme, and also on BBC2 for a programme on the restoration of Kew Palace where he was heavily involved with the making and fine decorating of a number of pieces currently on public display.

His most recent filming was for a BBC2 programme called Restoration Roadshow, a 20 show series, which was screened in late summer of 2010 and was watched by an average audience of just short of 2 million people.

Rodrigo has many prestigious clients, ranging from Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, the Queens House Greenwich, Kew Palace, Spencer House and Historical Royal Palaces, through to the cream of antique dealers, and many Top Interior Designers. His residential client list is also very extensive along with an array of celebrity clients and he and his team are fortunate enough to look after many private collections.

His most recent projects, include the completion of the restoration/conservation of ceiling panels painted by the Architect William Burgess (in 1880) in Tower House, Holland Park, Kensington, and the restoration of the gilding of the Prince Albert Memorial statue in Kensington Gardens. References supplied upon request.

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Andy Blundell

Andy Blundell has worked for thirty years at the highest level in the Antique & Restoration industry and is highly skilled in all areas of furniture conservation.

Andy and his small team work on all styles and periods of furniture from sixteenth century oak, Georgian Walnut and Mahogany, to Victorian, Arts and Crafts and right up to twenty century design. A complete service is provided covering such skills like cabinet making, wood carving, wood turning, veneer repairs and reveneering, the conservation of wood finishes also French polishing and lacquer work.

With a friendly and approachable manner Andy will ensure that you are given the right advice on the particular job you may have, be it large or small and within your price range. Free Quotes are available on request.

 

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John Lloyd – John Lloyd Fine Furniture

Commissioned by Sotheby’s, Christie’s, St Paul’s Cathedral and the National Trust to work on priceless antiques, John has vast experience both in fine furniture making and antique restoration.  His many clients include BADA dealers and private clients.  John runs popular cabinet making and antique furniture restoration courses at his own workshops in East Sussex.

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Richard Cook – William J Cook & Sons

W.J Cook & Sons Antique Restorations was established by Bill Cook in 1962 and his reputation for outstanding quality of work quickly spread. Since those early days clients have included our own Royal Household, Foreign Royalty, the Government, museums, leading collectors, dealers and private individuals.

Whilst still retaining a London workshop, the business is now based in Marlborough, Wiltshire. With the cabinet making, machine and polishing shops, few other restorers are able to match our facilities. After training at the London College of Furniture, Bill Cook’s three sons are now actively involved in the business and their own children are being encouraged to pick up the tools with a view to taking the family tradition to a third generation.

The services carried out are many and include cabinet making, gilding, carving, polishing, lock repairs, leathering and upholstery. Also undertaken is an on-site waxing service in which restorers will visit your home and professionally wax all the furniture in your collection. Being a true family business means that every restoration commission undertaken is done so with great care as the name Cook has become associated with quality of workmanship and courteous service. An extensive in-house library, over fifty years’ experience at the highest level and access to furniture archives ensures that any restoration carried out is true to every detail. Indeed, we have recently written what is considered to be the definitive book on the subject of antique restoration. With over one thousand photographs it covers every aspect of the subject.

Virtually all of the restoration work is still carried out using eighteenth and nineteenth century tools, indeed even some of the machine tools on the premises are antique and our band saw was used in the construction of the panelling for the Queen Mary.

The importance of having furniture restoration carried out by our competent, qualified craftsmen cannot be stressed enough, for once a piece has been badly restored and the surface and patination spoilt by over zealous cleaning, the damage cannot be rectified. It is for this reason that one should always seek a restorers who is a member of The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA).

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Stephen Cook – William J Cook & Sons

W.J Cook & Sons Antique Restorations was established by Bill Cook in 1962 and his reputation for outstanding quality of work quickly spread. Since those early days clients have included our own Royal Household, Foreign Royalty, the Government, museums, leading collectors, dealers and private individuals.

Whilst still retaining a London workshop, the business is now based in Marlborough, Wiltshire. With the cabinet making, machine and polishing shops, few other restorers are able to match our facilities. After training at the London College of Furniture, Bill Cook’s three sons are now actively involved in the business and their own children are being encouraged to pick up the tools with a view to taking the family tradition to a third generation.

The services carried out are many and include cabinet making, gilding, carving, polishing, lock repairs, leathering and upholstery. Also undertaken is an on-site waxing service in which restorers will visit your home and professionally wax all the furniture in your collection. Being a true family business means that every restoration commission undertaken is done so with great care as the name Cook has become associated with quality of workmanship and courteous service. An extensive in-house library, over fifty years’ experience at the highest level and access to furniture archives ensures that any restoration carried out is true to every detail. Indeed, we have recently written what is considered to be the definitive book on the subject of antique restoration. With over one thousand photographs it covers every aspect of the subject.

Virtually all of the restoration work is still carried out using eighteenth and nineteenth century tools, indeed even some of the machine tools on the premises are antique and our band saw was used in the construction of the panelling for the Queen Mary.

The importance of having furniture restoration carried out by our competent, qualified craftsmen cannot be stressed enough, for once a piece has been badly restored and the surface and patination spoilt by over zealous cleaning, the damage cannot be rectified. It is for this reason that one should always seek a restorers who is a member of The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA).

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David Rogers – Everitt and Rogers

Everitt and Rogers are a small family-run business established in 1969.  Now into our second generation of restorers – David Rogers and Darren Burgess each have over 28 years experience.  Our client base includes private collectors, dealers, historic houses etc.

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John Carr – Charles Perry Restorations Ltd.

Charles Perry Restorations Ltd are Royal Warrant Holders to HRH The Prince of Wales Antique Furniture Restorers.

Our skills cover furniture and objects from all periods and countries. These skills include cabinet repairs, veneer loss replacement, hand polishing and waxing, traditional upholstery, carving and gilding, boulle and ormolu to name but a few.

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Clive Beardall – Clive Beardall Restorations Limited

Established over 36 years ago, we are a small firm with experienced craftsmen dealing in all aspects of the antiques trade. Our experience and advice on any item however large or small, can guide you about the value of your antiques and the cost of restoration/conservation. Clive’s work takes him across London and throughout East Anglia. Particular attention is given to the quality of service, attention to detail and authenticity of restoration and materials which has resulted in many prestigious commissions and a first class reputation. Clive’s workshop is included on the Conservation Register.

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William Pigeon – Lomas & Pigeon Ltd

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.

 

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Ludovic Potts – Ludovic Potts Restoration

“I have been going to Ludovic Potts for furniture and other repairs and restorations for almost 20 years. I went first after seeking recommendations. Ludovic’s name repeatedly came up, I wouldn’t now go to anyone else, for all kinds of reasons. He knows what he is talking about; he has a wide-ranging expertise and is always honest about the options for any individual piece – and he can be refreshingly frank about what is not worth doing. I have always been impressed by the quality of the work, the precise attention to detail and the traditional craft methods he uses.  One of his first jobs for us was the restoration of a nice, if not particularly special, Victorian chaise longue.  After well over fifteen years of rough treatment it still looks and feels good. It is always a pleasure dealing with Ludovic, and he makes the whole process flexible and trouble free – from first contact to final delivery.”

Testimonial from  Mary Beard, Newnham College, Cambridge        

 

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