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Marquetry Restoration in Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire
Marquetry & Inlay
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.
Inlay, on the other hand, involves inserting contrasting materials like metal, shell, or ivory into the wood to create decorative motifs. Restoration in both techniques focuses on repairing damaged or missing elements, carefully matching materials, colours, and patterns to seamlessly integrate with the original design. The skilled restorers at Clive Payne utilise precision and artistic expertise to revive and maintain the beauty of these intricate woodwork embellishments.
The Delicate Work of Marquetry & Inlay Restoration
During restoration, damaged or missing sections of marquetry or inlay are carefully assessed and repaired. We may replicate missing pieces using matching materials and techniques to seamlessly integrate new components with the original design. Attention is given to preserving the historical and aesthetic integrity of the piece, ensuring that the restored marquetry or inlay maintains its authenticity and beauty.
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.
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.
Inlay & Marquetry Restoration FAQs
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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