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Clive Payne provides various antique furniture restoration, repair and conservation services, offering a full conservation and restoration service on all periods of furniture, specialising in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Clive started making Windsor chairs in 1986 using traditional methods and techniques and was soon being asked to restore other original chairs.
Member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA)
Over the years Clive has developed the highest of standards in antique furniture restoration, antique furniture repair and antique furniture conservation, joining the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA) in 1997 and now specialises in conserving and restoring oak and country furniture from the 15th to 18th centuries, together with all furniture from the early 18th to 19th centuries.
With traditional hand finishing of antique furniture, Clive is able to repair and revive original surfaces or sensitively refinish them. Watermarks, scratches and other surface damage can be removed to restore the original detailing.
The painstaking and delicate work of marquetry and inlay restoration demands that each piece is individually cut by hand. Colouring of individual pieces to blend with the original using traditional techniques such as sandshading. Ivory, bone, brass, mother of pearl and tortoiseshell inlays can all be restored and missing sections replaced if necessary.
Veneer has been used in the production of furniture as long ago as 3000 BC, but did not readily appear in England until around the middle of the sixteenth century. We source as much reclaimed veneer as possible to conserve items of furniture that are missing areas of veneer lost over time.
Items of furniture sometimes have missing or damaged sections of wood carvings. When restoring wood carving, we carefully take a tracing of the missing section together with its surrounding area, this is then infilled either by copying another section on the item of furniture or following the outlying design, this is then carefully carved in using the carving chisels I inherited from my grandfather.
All aspects of upholstery restoration can be carried out by our specialist upholsterer, we are able to restore historical upholstered furniture from the base frame up to the needleworks so often used in the Eighteenth Century.
We offer high-quality cane seating restoration and repair with our antique furniture restoration service. Rush and cane restoration is a skill that is still done by hand.
With our antique lock repair and restoration service, we overhaul and repair old locking mechanisms to working order and hand cut replacement iron keys. Keys are made to traditional patterns including the kidney bow and a variety of decorative brass bows.
Clive Payne uses traditional techniques to make fine pieces of bespoke furniture using only the very best materials and employing highly skilled craftsmen and craftswomen who continue using traditional hand skills.
To discuss any aspect of an item of furniture that you might wish to conserve or restore, or to discuss our antique furniture restoration services, please do not hesitate to contact me.