We are passionate about interiors.

We restore them, conserve them and create them.

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The Tomb of Thomas Sutton

Two naked gilded figures: a winged infant blowing gold bubbles and Old Father Time from the tomb of Thomas Sutton, 1611, Charterhouse, London. The child is most likely a representation of Veritas – the Roman merit of truthfulness – one of the main virtues any Roman should possess. The fair-skinned child blows bubbles that provide us with a reminder of the fragility of life and also the playfulness of youth.

Disparate to the winged infant is Old Father Time: also winged and naked with his long beard covering his modesty, he holds a scythe and reminds us of our fate. His skin appears leathery and aged compared to the child by his side: evidence of a life of industry and toil. Between the two figures is an hourglass on a skull. The sands of time occupy the bottom portion of the vessel, demonstrating that Sir Thomas Sutton’s time has now passed.

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‘The English Canaletto’ by Samuel Scott

This canvas by Samuel Scott (1702-1772) required minimal retouching. It is a view of London Bridge and from this you can see why he earned his title as ‘The English Canaletto’. Most work was carried out on the frame, which is original to the picture. Previous unsuitable retouching and areas of loss were restored and the whole frame conserved to maintain its integrity. Returned to a happy client.

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Tudor Dormitary 1608

Works have now been completed in the Tudor Dormitory at the National Civil War Centre, Newark.

After ensuring the lath and plaster panels were stable (and did not end up in a pile of dust on the floor!) while the roof, 1 ton floor beams and floor were removed, we then set to cleaning and consolidating to preserve the very rare graffiti that has been scratched onto the surface. Some of the graffiti had also been painted on with various pigments/binders. Earliest date is 1608. Lots of names, dates, and boyish artistry can also be seen.

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The Court at St. Nicolas 1617

Conservation works have been completed on the wood graining in this ‘court’ area of the church of St. Nicolas, Kings Lynn. The area was created in the north west corner in 1617 using existing woodwork from elsewhere in the church. Initially we found it a little odd to have a court set up in the corner of a church and then we found it quite disturbing to learn that 5 women were tried there and then executed at the other end of the church for their crimes. The seated area just before the window may have been where they would sit to await their fate (this area has a lockable door) or it may have been reserved for the judges and the like. Either way people have left their mark in history by scratching their initials into the sloped woodwork.

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Conserving Mary

A large 4ft carved wooden figure with applied decoration. Much of the decoration has previously been ‘scrubbed’ away leaving a general overall patchiness. There is evidence of a fine painted decorative work on the collar and gilt badge but too little to interpret. The skill and quality of the original maker is superb, beautiful.

We have decided to conserve her and not restore her back to life as she still has a quality about her. This involved cleaning, consolidating and very minimal retouching/gilding. The previous scrubbing had left abrupt areas of clear bare wood showing through. She had all but lost the colour of her cloak which was originally a blue, so too the globe at the base. The subtle retouching helped unify the existing finish. The re-gilding of the stars and bottom hem again unified other gilt areas.