conservation

Whether you are a private collector with only a handful of pieces or a curator responsible for a large and varied collection - preventative conservation is a vital part of collection care.

Philip offers a range of both preventative and interventional conservation solutions based on the latest practical and scientific research in the field

As a member of the International Institute of Conservation (IIC) as well as the Institute of Conservation (ICON) Philip is committed to his own personal development and is always looking to build upon his knowledge and experience.

Philip is able to compile detailed condition reports on all periods & styles of furniture and related objects. Whether it's a single piece in your home or pre-sale at auction, to periodic check ups on larger collections.

 

Dependant on the state of the pieces and the atmospheric environment in which they are situated, regular check-ups are usually advised. This allows the opportunity to act upon and resolve any minor issues before they become a problem.

IN PROCESS: SURFACE TREATMENT OF A BRASS & ORMOLU GONDOLA

This piece came to the workshop badly tarnished, discoloured and with several areas of damage both structurally & cosmetically. 

The tarnished brass was carefully cleaned back to it's natural state and then toned and aged in several stages to match the surrounding areas. Repairs were carried out and all pieces were repositioned and secured in place. Finally, the ormolu was delicately cleaned and burnished.. .

THE FREDERICK PARKER COLLECTION:

THE LONDON MET

Dr. John Cross and Christopher Claxton-Stevens examining the underside of a Frederick Parker chair, at the collection situated at the London Metropolitan University in Shoreditch.

Philip attends several symposiums a year, organised by ICON, the Furniture History Society and BAFRA. This lecture was organised by the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association in 2019.