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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

What is marquetry restoration?
Marquetry restoration is the meticulous process of repairing or replacing damaged or missing pieces in intricate wood designs, often using veneer, to restore the original aesthetic and structural integrity of the marquetry.
What is inlay restoration?
Inlay restoration is a specialised process that involves the repair and preservation of decorative inlay elements within antique wooden surfaces. Inlay restoration aims to revitalise these intricate decorative elements to their original beauty and functionality.
Why is restoration necessary for marquetry and inlay?
Over time, marquetry and inlay can become damaged, loose, or missing due to wear, tear, or neglect. Restoration is essential to preserve the original beauty and artistic value of the piece by repairing or recreating these intricate elements.
What types of antique furniture might require inlay or marquetry restoration?
Antique furniture such as bureaus, commodes, cabinets, desks, and dining tables often feature marquetry or inlay work. These pieces, displaying intricate designs and patterns, may require restoration to preserve their artistic and historical value.
What is the difference between marquetry restoration and inlay restoration?
Marquetry restoration focuses on intricate veneer designs applied to a surface, repairing or replicating missing pieces. In contrast, inlay restoration involves embedded contrasting materials in a wooden base, addressing damage or loss within these decorative patterns. Both aim to preserve artistic and historical elements.
How is damaged marquetry or inlay restored?
Restoration typically involves carefully assessing the damage, removing any loose or damaged pieces, and then replicating and replacing them using matching materials and techniques to restore the piece to its original design and appearance.
Can missing marquetry or inlay be recreated accurately during restoration?
Yes, the skilled restorers at Clive Payne can recreate missing marquetry or inlay using precise measurements, matching materials, and similar techniques to seamlessly integrate new pieces with the existing design, maintaining its aesthetic and historical integrity.
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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