Restoring is at the heart of our business. We have completed a wide range of projects using specialist techniques and skills to produce awe-inspiring outcomes.

Please scroll down to see our completed projects.

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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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Thomas Nicholson Organ 1878

Caput mortuum is the colour we would describe on the pipes of this Thomas Nicholson organ, built 1878 at Spridlington Church, Lincs. The colour, also known as Cardinal purple and mummy brown, was originally made from ground up mummies so hence the name mummy brown. This method was discontinued in the 19th c. and is now commonly made from a purple variety of iron oxide. It is this pigment we used when we conserved and restored the painted decoration on the pipes back in 2007.

The work involved restoring metal, paint and the effects of an insect infestation.

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Victorian Sanctuary Ceiling

This project involved cleaning many years of dirt, soot, incense that had very much nearly blackened the surface of the arch and beams. We also had to retouch and clean the plastic Christ statue.

The deep clean is not only revealing the original design and colours, which are are proving to be quite dramatic, but as the cleaning progresses the architecture is beginning to stand out in an equally dramatic way. One would initially think that the main bulk of the design (the flowered stencil design) is the most important., however when viewed from a distance it is the beams/trusses that have the most impact.

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Chester Clock Tower

We have been reinstating the gilding on the clock tower in Chester. It is said that Chester’s clock tower is the 2nd most photographed clock in the country.

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Cardinal Manning 1884 – Oil on Canvas

A large oil on canvas required cleaning, tear/hole repair, refilling, retouching and re-varnishing.
An unfortunate fall resulted in puncturing Cardinal Manning. A three pronged plug pierced his face and left three punctures in the canvas.
After works shows a cleaner, brighter cardinal.