Caring for high value upholstery: professional cleaning and damage prevention

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Over the centuries, fashions have changed and interior design along with it. One of the biggest features in a room, prior to minimalism, is the choice of textile – more precisely, the upholstery of central pieces of furniture. Therefore many chairs, settees and cabinets have been altered to fit with fashion over time, whether this… Read more »

How to identify antique furniture from Tudor and baroque to mid-century modern

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When identifying the era of your furniture there are often factors to consider, this includes the aesthetic style, the craftsmanship and the variety of wood. This article will cover some of the most popular periods and the signs and features you may notice when investigating furniture in your care, or prior to the purchase of… Read more »

Church artwork conservation services: care and preservation for ecclesiastical collections

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Churches, monasteries and cathedrals are some of the oldest buildings in the United Kingdom, as such they are faced with the challenge of caring for artworks and items which are important both historically and spiritually. At Fine Art Restoration Company we offer a range of services to assist ecclesiastical buildings and their collections for ongoing… Read more »

Lifestyle management consultants: conservation advice and fine art restoration services

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As a lifestyle management professional, your business encompasses many aspects which can be enhanced by our fine art specialists. Whether this involves working alongside clients during high value purchases or being on call following unfortunate damages or disasters, our team can offer their valuable experience. Our company includes client liaison specialists, art historical experts and conservation… Read more »

Art gallery services: professional care, advice and treatments for commercial and specialist art galleries

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When it comes to the care of gallery collections, conservation may not be considered unless damage occurs. However, as well as restoration services, conservation can also cover the ongoing protection and appropriate display of various mediums with the guidance of our trained and experienced team.  Above: a portrait attributed to Godfrey Kneller which was restored… Read more »

Sourcing era-appropriate repairs: historically accurate furniture restoration

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Furniture tells a story of how we lived in the past, it displays the designs of influential periods and connects us to interiors throughout history. Therefore, sourcing the correct era and variety of wooden panels or details during furniture restoration is important. This serves a purpose for both preservation and historic integrity for the antique… Read more »

Traditional furniture restoration: materials, treatments and finishes 

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When it comes to antique furniture you may come across many different methods of restoration. Some restorers will be in pursuit of a ‘perfect’ finish which fits in with a modern interior – disregarding the historical nature of the piece, whilst others will entirely transform a piece as an upcycling exercise. At Fine Art Restoration… Read more »

Bountiful birds: restoring driftwood bird sculptures by Guy Taplin

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Sculpted driftwood contains a history intertwined with it’s salvaged material – this is the notion that artist Guy Taplin attaches to his work. Famously producing a diverse collection of wild birds and waterfowl, this popular sculptor has produced hundreds of classic designs. His driftwood bird artwork is so popular that it is often reflected in… Read more »

The grand genre: classical history painting restoration

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In the hierarchy of genres, as was developed over centuries, the highest form of oil painting depicted historical or allegorical subjects. As epic poetry was upon the highest pedestal of literature, as was the display of epic narratives on canvas. Often referred to as ‘the grand genre’, history painting established itself through the use of… Read more »