Restoration

The art and antiques industry is served by specialists in conservation and restoration to maintain and preserve items. Restorers usually focus on specific areas whether it be paintings, furniture, works of art, ceramics, antiquarian books, jewellery or taxidermy.


Waterloo

Archaeological dig at the battlefield of Waterloo wins support from Bonhams

16 July 2018

Auction house Bonhams is sponsoring Waterloo Uncovered, an archaeological dig at the battlefield of Waterloo.

Tom Wright

Not one but two Lucian Freud paintings discovered underneath picture by Suffolk pub sign artist

02 July 2018

A picture by a pub sign painter and a friend of Lucian Freud (1922-2011) found in a cellar in Suffolk actually contains not one, but two early works by the renowned artist.

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TEFAF conservation and restoration grants go to Museu Nacional de Art Antiga and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

18 December 2017

The executive committee of The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) has awarded a total of €50,000 to the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (MNAA), Portugal, and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, US.

Nelson

The case of the missing eyebrow – rediscovery of 'lost' painting reveals Nelson's battle scars

13 November 2017

Dealer Philip Mould has discovered a painting of Lord Nelson (1758-1805) that reveals the hero’s true war wounds that were hidden under over-paint for 100 years.

17th century painting

Video showing cleaning of an early 17th century painting at Philip Mould goes viral

07 November 2017

An early 17th century painting of a woman in a red dress being restored at Philip Mould’s gallery has proved a hit with Twitter fans achieving more than 53k retweets and 130k likes within hours of it being posted.

West Dean

West Dean College bolsters conservation expertise with new appointments

10 October 2017

West Dean College, a centre for conservation and creative arts, has appointed two new subject leaders in clocks and metalwork.

Grosvenor and Dabiri

Dealer Bendor Grosvenor discovers Rubens' Duke of Buckingham in Glasgow

25 September 2017

Dealer Bendor Grosvenor’s returning series ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ has discovered a work by Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens in a National Trust property in Glasgow.

Glynde Place

Grade I-listed Elizabethan manor wins Sotheby’s-sponsored restoration award

15 August 2017

Glynde Place in East Sussex has won the 2017 Historic Houses Association Restoration Award, sponsored by auction firm Sotheby’s.

TEFAF 2016

Three projects awarded TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund for 2017

16 January 2017

The Musée Rodin and the Detroit Institute of Arts have been awarded the TEFAF Museum Restoration Fund for conservation.

Adam Moore

Restoration firm Plowden & Smith wins project for Scotland’s oldest concert hall as it celebrates 50 years in business

06 December 2016

Conservation and restoration firm Plowden & Smith has won a new contract to help the University of Edinburgh renovate Scotland’s oldest concert hall.

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Doing thy bidding – Stoneware from Canterbury Cathedral raises £210,000

27 September 2016

Canterbury Cathedral’s prayers were answered when every one of the 144 lots from its cathedral stone sale were sold at Canterbury Auction Galleries at the weekend.

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Canterbury Cathedral Great South Window stonework up for auction

16 August 2016

It is not every day you get the chance to own a unique, original piece of the oldest church in England still in use. If that is your desire, on September 24 your prayers will be answered.

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Stock lost in mill fire but centre could reopen before Xmas

11 December 2015

The owner of the Bourne Mill Antiques Centre, devastated by fire last month, is hopeful the lower part of the building can reopen later this month.

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Sir John Soane’s apartments to be opened this week

18 May 2015

Sir John Soane’s private apartments will be unveiled this week as the second stage of the refurbishment of the museum in his former home is completed.

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Nantgarw Friends to hold Bank Holiday antiques fair to help with fundraising drive

21 August 2014

In April 2013, the Nantgarw China Works Trust took on the lease of the site of the Nantgarw pottery where porcelain was produced under the aegis of William Billingsley between 1813-14 and again from 1817-19.

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Spencer’s Great War masterpiece reopens after restoration campaign

18 August 2014

Earlier this month, 100 years to the day since the outbreak of the First World War, Sandham Memorial Chapel near Newbury reopened to the public after restoration.

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Soane’s weekend retreat to be restored in £9m project

09 June 2014

While Sir John Soane’s labyrinthine central London treasure trove of a house is very well known, less familiar is his country home to the west of the city.

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Hope from the ashes as conservers inspect The ‘Mack’

02 June 2014

Staff and officials are still assessing the extent of the damage and loss at The ‘Mack’, Glasgow School of Art’s iconic Mackintosh Building, which was devastated by fire.

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Opportunity knocks for West Dean clock restorer

17 February 2014

A young clock conservator, Jonathon Kelly, is being given an opportunity to work on a rare 18th century musical and mechanical clock made by George Pyke.

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18th century Meissen revived via 21st century technology

28 January 2014

The cutting-edge technology of 3D printing is being used to restore a spectacular Meissen table fountain that is to go on public display for the first time in 150 years when the V&A’s new ‘Europe 1600-1800’ galleries open in late 2014.

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