Antique Furniture Restoration
Antique Furniture Restoration
We have a large portfolio of restored antique furniture. We have worked with every kind of antique you have ever come across or own. Here is a small selection taken form that portfolio and a brief description of the work carried out.
Victorian Walnut Davenport Repair
This is a lovely little Victorian Walnut Davenport the client had had in the family for generations. Over time it had got into rather a poor state of health. The leather had sections missing and was generally very tatty; the polished walnut finish had become faded and worn; pieces of veneer were missing all over; there were bits of the ebony trim missing. There were also castors missing underneath and all the brass work was very dull and needed attention.
As you can see in the right hand shot after it had been restored it once again looked like a classic and charming example of this type of furniture. Changing the colour of the leather to black gave the piece a more austere and important appearance too. The client was delighted.
Walnut Chest of Drawers
Shrinkage of structural timbers onto which veneers have been laid are a constant issue that we have to try to solve.
Here you can see that the movement of the timber foundation caused a crack to go through the whole top and separate it into two halves. This is very tricky to deal with because the veneer and the ground work move in different ways and mean it is very difficult to get them back together in a non-visible way. When they have been glued back together as you can see in this example then some slick clever colour work is usually needed to help disguise where the break was ... this problem is always quite a challenge!
Mahogany Bureau Bookcase
This pleasant and well-proportioned bureau bookcase had been subjected to a lot of water damage. It can be best seen in the before picture (left) …see how stained and dull the surface had become. The French polished surface had to be cut back and moved around to equalize the surface and remove all the staining. The whole thing was then re-polished and the natural warmth and beauty of the would made to reveal its beauty again.
Gilded Rope Work Mirror Frame
With decades of experience behind us, we have most probably restored hundreds of items like this gilt mirror frame. The frame and decoration work are usually made of a combination of plaster/compo on a wood and wire substructure. As the years go by the compo dries out and becomes more fragile; bits come away, fall off and get lost. The extent of the damage to the frame can be seen in the first picture as the white sprayed bits that are all the areas that were damaged. We have had to re-work and replace all these areas. In the second picture you can see we have re-gilded these and toned the colours in to disguise and blend in so that it looks original as if it has never been touched.....A joy to do
Period Card Table
Card tables can make great decorative items of period furniture as well as having the very practical use of playing cards on.
The following example that we have carefully restored is of no exception. Made from high quality mahogany, simple and truthful in its design with an understated elegance and period patina it makes a great side table to be placed underneath the owners’ columned mirror. Through the effects of time and use, all the legs had become wobbly and one had snapped off completely. We glued all the joints and made a new component for the broken leg. The table was also given a good wax so once again it became a very decorative and useable item of furniture.
Georgian Pine Corner Cupboard
This Georgian unit belongs to a lovely big Georgian house and over the years, it had become badly damaged and had been painted time and time again. The owners wanted it stripped right back to the pine and all the damaged areas restored. Most of the cornice was missing so this was reproduced using some old pine with matching colour to so you would never know it had been replaced .
The structure of a longcase clock case is often a lot less substantial the one would ever think. They are often made up of thin panels glued and blocked up together in a very simple way as in the more county style version of the longcase clock . This example had components missing and those parts that were present were damaged and very dry and faded . So we rebuilt the longcase carcass, manufactured and repaired components where needed, and then polished and toned the whole thing back to how a loved long case clock should look - Result…..One happy customer!
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"We asked Furniture-Art to build us a pair of bookcases which we wanted to be both functinal and decorative. They 'got it ' straight away and came up with an elegant design which echoed other features in the room. We are delighted with the result" Robert Dudley
"Furniture-Art recently framed some precious family photos for me. They gave me great advice and the work carried out was to a high standard. The service was excellent and efficient .. very happy ! " Ed Cyster
"Furniture-Art have restored several pieces of antique
furniture for me. Their work is beautiful, they
are completely reliable, first class craftsmen." Mrs. Chapman
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