Historic wallpaper

Wallpaper may be of both historic and monetary significance in a home, with atmospheric disturbances and household disasters causing widespread damage. To avoid the loss of printed and hand finished wallpaper designs, our conservators are able to step in to remove staining, contamination from fireplace smoke or nicotine and to stabilise any areas of deterioration.

Other aspects of similar material in a home may include panels, screens and wall scrolls, particularly pieces of valuable Asian art. Our team has experience in the conservation and restoration of Asian wallpaper and panels. Typical treatments include the removal of acidic staining from inappropriate framing, allowing the paper to return to its original tones.

Framing can also be provided for pieces such as historic wallpaper fragments or screens that require UV protection and conservation-safe mounting materials.

Screen varnish removal

William Morris

With specialist conservation skills, our team is able to safely remove discolouration with solutions that do not harm the original print. This includes the removal of dark, yellowing varnish found on historic screens.

Conservation for antique and modern wallpaper

Our conservators can help to preserve and restore contemporary or historic wallpapers. We have experience with Asian paper in particular, but can also provide care to a wide range of culturally important designs and high value interiors. Our professional conservators can care for many types of specialist material and papers, including hand-finished wallpaper and those with sensitive ink and pigments. Typical wallpapers our team can help preserve include work from the following designers:

  • William Morris & Co.
  • DeGournay
  • Scalamandré
  • Pierre Frey
  • Colefax and Fowler
  • CW Stockwell
  • Schumacher
  • Brunschwig & Fils
  • Clarence House
  • Zuber
  • Jeffrey & Co.
  • Sanderson

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Chinese panel

You don’t really own old family paintings, you are merely a custodian, so having them restored can be a nerve-racking experience. That why I went with an expert team I could trust to restore a painting that is very dear to my heart. The restoration is superb and my family will continue to enjoy the results for generations to come.

I really appreciate the restoration and framing and framing you did for me. The result is very pleasing and I am sure that it will look terrific in the Royal Dragoon Guards Museum in York.

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