Restoration & conservation services, antique furniture

antique restoration

Dermot Murphy, antique restorer

We use old veneers and water soluble glues and hold a vast stock of period veneers and timber, together with a large quantity of period brass fittings such as handles, hinges and mounts. Finishing is done with traditional polishes and waxes.  Furniture repairs are blended to match the old, rather than refinishing the whole item.  We have an extensive library of books on antique furniture restoration which are used for further research.

  • Boulle-work
  • Brass grills
  • Cabinet work
  • Caning and rushing
  • Carving
  • Cellaret linings and lead work
  • Desk leathers including hand dyed string print (Moroccan leather)
  • Gilding
  • Handle copying and engraving
  • Imitation mercuric glass and mirrors (distressed)
  • Keys
  • Marquetry cut
  • Metalwork
  • Ormolu (chasing and carving metal work after casting)
  • Polishing
  • Sprung steel
  • Sugar paper for lining drawers
  • Upholstery, fabric, leather and Moroccan leather
  • Veneering – using old matching veneers
  • Woodturning