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Marquetry Restoration in Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire


The Delicate Work of Marquetry & Inlay Restoration

The painstaking and delicate work of marquetry restoration and inlay restoration demands that each piece is individually cut by hand. Colouring of individual pieces to blend with the original furniture, using traditional techniques such as sand shading, which is the process of applying heat to veneer in order to achieve a look of shadow and depth. Marquetry and inlay may be applied to many different types of furniture, including chairs, bookcases, cabinets and clocks.


The Process of Marquetry Restoration

Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer wood and other materials to furniture to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures using the grain or colour of the veneers. Marquetry designs can be quite complex, including floral and geometric patterns, and the range of materials can be varied. The timbers used in Marquetry include Holly, Tulipwood, Satinwood, Mahogany, Bird’s Eye Maple, Amboyna Burrs and many more including natural stained woods all which are used to build up a Marquetry design or picture.


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 Inlay and Marquetry Restoration in Oxfordshire, 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.

Marquetry Restoration FAQs

What is marquetry restoration?
Marquetry restoration is the art of applying pieces of veneer to antique furniture in order to restore decorative designs and pictures, which can be quite complex, such as figures or floral pictures.
What types of antique furniture might require marquetry restoration?
Cabinet Makers often use contrasting wood to enhance marquetry patterns. The different tones, grains and colours of wood allow them to create unique designs within the furniture. There are many other types of antique furniture that might also require marquetry restoration, including chests, bureaus and bookcases, armchairs, side chairs, marquetry chairs, longcase clocks and grandfather clocks.
What is the difference between marquetry restoration and inlay restoration?
Marquetry restoration differs from inlay restoration, which is the insertion of thin pieces of veneer wood, bone, ivory, brass, copper or tortoiseshell into a base. Ivory, bone, brass, mother of pearl and tortoiseshell inlays can all be restored and missing sections replaced if necessary.
Why choose Clive Payne for marquetry and inlay restoration?
Over the years Clive has developed the highest standards in marquetry and inlay restoration and is a member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA). As a member of BAFRA, Clive Payne is fully accredited, works to the highest standards and ethics and has been rigorously assessed and vetted.

To discuss marquetry restoration in Oxfordshire or Gloucestershire, inlay restoration 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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