Antique Restoration

Restoring any piece of historical furniture takes time, patience, effort, skill, knowledge, trial and error and a great deal of care. Many items we purchase will receive some kind of light restoration whether it be a simple wood clean and wax, or something more substantial such as joints re-glued or leather re-coloured.

This George III mahogany linen press had been painted yellow in the 1960s!

Whilst there are some purists who believe that every piece should be left in original condition, many people wish the pieces in their home to look their very best. There aren’t many who enjoy furniture with torn fabric or scratched legs. Light restoration can not only be for good aesthetic reasons but because restored items will last another century with gentle care.

The restoration process took around two weeks to complete.

Often it does not take too much to turn a piece around but when it does we have a community of artisan restorers who can assist in bringing a piece back to life. We have upholsterers, art restorers and french polishers in our artisan community. We have had Georgian silver knives that took over a year to restore but we have had 17th century oak furniture that simply took an hour or two to bring back to life. It depends on each piece and its condition.

The finished result was well worth it and now resides in a lovely house in Guildford, Surrey.

If you are looking to have an antique piece cleaned, waxed or restored that you have recently purchased or already own then we may be able to help you. You can always send us some photos to us at sales@artisanarts.co.uk and we will get back to you with a quote or advice. If it requires specialist advice (particulary for fine art works) then it may take us a little longer to get back to you.