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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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Rodrigo Titian – Titian Studio

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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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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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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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Michael Brook – Antique Metal Conservation

Our company specializes 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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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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