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Philip Lyons

Lyons Restoration Ltd provides a professional conservation, restoration and upholstery service for furniture and wooden objects to private clients and antiques trade professionals.  We employ both traditional techniques and modern conservation practice.  Please visit our website for more information about the services we offer and to see some examples of previous projects.

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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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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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Simon Paterson – Paterson Restorations 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.

 

Working in materials such as ebony, horn, bone, tortoiseshell, ivory and ivorine, I extensive experience of working on rare and valuable antique furniture and collections.

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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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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Robert Pye – Robert Pye Antiques Restoration

Robert Pye trained at Rycotewood College for two years and then worked as a Cabinet Maker in the New Forest until 1993.

After taking an intensive antique furniture restoration course at West Dean College, West Sussex, he gained a British Antique Dealers Association Diploma in the Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture.

After finishing the course he started work for a BAFRA restorer where he remained for some five years. Since then he has worked for three other established restorers, two in the Cotswolds area and one in London.

Robert Pye is a Full Accredited Member of BAFRA, the British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Carpenters (FIOC).

In 2001 he set up Pye Antiques Restoration.

Pye Antiques Restoration is a small family business, using traditional methods and materials. Our constant aim is to provide excellence in all areas of antique furniture restoration and conservation.

We are experts in the repair, restoration, preservation and conservation of all types of antique and fine period furniture.

Our workshop is in the South West of England although we have worked on pieces throughout the UK. Predominantly however we work on pieces from Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire, and we make regular trips to London. We do offer a collection and delivery service so please contact us to find what services we can offer you.

Do you have a piece of antique furniture or a family heirloom that is in need of attention? Let us lovingly restore it back to its original beauty so it can be cherished and receive the admiration that its craftsmanship deserves.

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Richard Higgins

Richard Higgins Conservation Ltd employs a significant team of specialist conservator/restorers to enable the finest scholarly work to be carried out in-house to all aspects of fine furniture, clocks, automata and objet d’art.

Catering for private collectors, the major antique galleries, national museums and heritage organisations throughout the UK, Europe, USA, Russia and China.

We carry out all aspects of specialist work to large scale musical automata clocks, both made in England for Eastern markets and those made in China, singing bird boxes and all complex automata.

Musical work to clocks, organs and where incorporated within automata are a speciality.

We are set up to carry out mercury fire gilding and have full engraving and chasing services on any scale whether for ormolu mounts, clock dials or the finest objet de virtue.

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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.

Charles Perry Restorations are conservators and restorers of antique furniture and objects from all periods and countries. We are able to provide restoration services including cabinet repairs, veneer loss replacement, hand polishing and waxing, traditional upholstery, carving and gilding, boulle and ormolu, to name but a few.

Our workshop is located on the Earl and Countess of Verulam’s Estate on the outskirts of the historic Roman city of St Albans, and only 40 minutes’ drive from central London. Our skilled staff have such qualifications as the British Antique Dealers’ Association, West Dean College Diploma, the London College of Furniture City and Guilds Certificate, and BAFRA membership. All clients receive personal attention and each project is given a written restoration programme. We are also listed on the Institute for Conservation register (ICON). Notable commissions include post-fire damage restoration at Windsor Castle and Hampton Court. We have over 40-years association with Christie’s of London.

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Tony Vernon

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 focused 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
    • Gilding
    • Veneering
    • Inlay and Banding
    • Marquetry and Parquetry
    • Carving
    • Turning
    • Boulle
    • Metal and Lock repairs
  • Upholstering

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.

 

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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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