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Graham Butler – Butler and Castell (Specialist Member)

Butler and Castell has over 80 years experience in conservation and restoration for both UK and overseas customers. We are associated with a number of London and New York’s most prestigious antique dealers and collectors offering the highest quality of service.

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Michael Goater

Restoration is about people, initially our clients and those who may have owned their furniture for a few, or hundreds of years.

Before them were the makers with their period practices, who in turn worked under the influence of those who originated its historic style and character.

So for the restorer, there can never be a dull moment.

 

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Raymond Dudman – W Thomas Restorations Ltd (Specialist Member)

W Thomas Restorations has nearly 100 years of expertise in the restoration and conservation of wood carving and gilding.

Ray Dudman, Managing Director, is an Accredited Member of ICON and the company holds a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen.

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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 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
    • 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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Mark Beddows – Allen Conservation & Restoration

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.

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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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