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18th-Century Furniture Restoration in Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire

At Clive Payne Restoration, we specialise in the meticulous restoration of 18th-century furniture, bringing the elegance and craftsmanship of this golden age back to life. Our expert restorers understand the unique characteristics of styles such as Queen Anne, Rococo, Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton. Each piece undergoes a thorough assessment to identify its specific needs and historical context.

The Restoration Process

Our restoration process combines traditional techniques with modern conservation practices. We carefully clean and repair structural damage using period-appropriate materials, ensuring the integrity and authenticity of the piece. Surface finishes, whether they be delicate veneers or intricate marquetry, are meticulously restored to their original glory.

We also address common issues such as woodworm, loose joints, and missing elements with precision and care. Our goal is to preserve the historical significance and aesthetic value of each item, allowing it to be appreciated for generations to come.

Finding materials that match the original is one of the most challenging aspects of restoration. This includes sourcing wood of the same species and age, as well as matching finishes and decorative elements. For instance, replacing a missing veneer might require an aged walnut that matches the existing patina. Restorers use traditional woodworking techniques, such as hand-carving, veneering, and joinery, to repair and replace damaged parts. Modern tools are used sparingly, ensuring that the craftsmanship remains as close to the original as possible. This might involve using period-accurate tools or their modern equivalents that do not compromise the piece’s authenticity.

At Clive Payne Restoration, we treat each piece of 18th-century furniture as a cherished antique, respecting its history while restoring its beauty. Trust us to breathe new life into your antiques, maintaining their legacy with the highest standards of craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA)

The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA) is a nationwide organisation of skilled people engaged in furniture conservation, furniture repair and furniture restoration. Every BAFRA member is an expert in their field and is actively involved in Continual Professional Development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments.

Over the years Clive has developed the highest of standards in 18th century furniture restoration in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, 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.

18th Century Furniture Restoration FAQs

What is 18th-century furniture restoration?
18th-century furniture restoration involves meticulously repairing and conserving furniture from the 1700s, including styles like Queen Anne, Rococo, Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton. This process uses period-appropriate materials and traditional techniques to address structural damage, surface finishes, pest damage, and missing elements. The goal is to preserve the historical authenticity and aesthetic value of each piece, ensuring it can be both appreciated and used for generations to come.
What types of 18th-century furniture do you restore?
We specialise in restoring a diverse range of 18th-century furniture, encompassing styles like Queen Anne, Rococo, Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Sheraton. Our expertise includes chairs, tables, cabinets, commodes, and desks. Each piece is treated with care to preserve its historical integrity and aesthetic value, employing period-appropriate materials and traditional techniques to ensure authentic and high-quality restoration.
How do you ensure the authenticity of the restoration?
We ensure the authenticity of our restorations by using period-appropriate materials and traditional techniques that match the original craftsmanship of 18th-century furniture. Our expert restorer has extensive knowledge of historical styles and methods, allowing them to meticulously repair and conserve each piece. He also conducts thorough research and documentation, ensuring that every restoration maintains the historical integrity and aesthetic value of the furniture.
How do you deal with missing elements or parts?
We handle missing elements or parts by meticulously recreating them using materials and techniques that match the original piece. Our skilled craftsmen carefully study the design, wood type, and construction methods to ensure seamless integration. Whether it involves carving, turning, or fitting, we replicate missing components with precision.
How long does the restoration process take?
The restoration process duration varies depending on the piece’s condition and complexity. Typically, a detailed initial assessment allows us to provide an estimated timeline. Simple repairs might take a few weeks, while more extensive restorations can span several months. Our priority is to ensure high-quality, meticulous work, balancing thoroughness with efficiency. Throughout the process, we maintain clear communication, keeping you informed of progress and any potential adjustments to the schedule.
How much does 18th-century furniture restoration cost?
The cost of restoration varies based on the extent of work required and the piece’s condition and complexity. After a thorough initial assessment, we provide a detailed, transparent quote outlining all necessary repairs and restorations. Costs can range from minor repairs to more extensive restorations. Our goal is to deliver exceptional value, ensuring that the restored piece maintains its historical integrity and beauty. We strive for transparency, ensuring no unexpected expenses arise during the process.

To discuss 18th century furniture restoration in Oxfordshire, 18th century furniture restoration in Gloucestershire, or any other aspect of an item of furniture that you might wish to bring back to its full glory please do not hesitate to contact me. All restoration work is done entirely by hand using traditional techniques.

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