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Michael Brook – Antique Metal Conservation

Our company specialises in the conservation / restoration of Ormolu and fine Bronzes.

We are a professional team of conservators who apply the very highest museum standards to our work.

By linking the traditional skills and techniques of our master craftsmen with modern conservation ethics and procedure we provide a uniquely balanced approach to metal conservation.

We are recognized worldwide as having the greatest expertise and experience in conserving the ormolu produced by Matthew Boulton and as a consequence have had the honour of being asked by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to conserve many of his most important pieces including the Sidereal Clock and the Tew table which can be seen at Soho House in Handsworth Birmingham the home of Matthew Boulton.

Michael Brook is an accredited member of The British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (B.A.F.R.A) , a member of ICON and listed in the conservation register.

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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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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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Timothy Phelps – T L Phelps Fine Furniture Restoration

Tim Phelps and team offer specialist restoration and conservation services for all period and modern furniture and historic interiors’ woodwork across the North of England; all insurance work; great stock of period old surface timbers.

Established 1984

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Simon Paterson – Paterson Restoration Ltd

At Paterson Restorations Ltd, I apply my personal skill and attention to detail to create a high quality conservation and restoration service.

I specialise in the restoration of Boulle, Marquetry, Fretwork and other intricate detailing and have extensive experience of working on rare and valuable antique furniture.

I feel that the restoration of antiques is ecologically sound.  Preserving our inheritance for future generations and care for the environment are important aims of this workshop.

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Lenka Bashford – The Rug & Carpet Studio

The seven conservator-restorers at the Rug and Carpet Studio specialise in the preservation of antique and contemporary rugs and carpets from around the world. At their large workshops or in situ, they treat rugs and carpets from private collectors to historic properties and museums.

 

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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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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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