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.

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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.

The importance of the Punta Cana Pewter Wreck

16 October 2013

Martin Roberts, the UK specialist who worked as a consultant on the Punta Cana site, discusses the importance of the Pewter Wreck.


Restorer vows to rise from the ashes after blaze destroys workshop

15 April 2013

When fire destroyed the workshop of Glyn Elias’ Dorking antiques shop he was so determined to carry on the business he had it open the very next day.


Salvator Mundi: condition and provenance

18 July 2011

LONG before this picture came to light, Salvator Mundi was a known work by Leonardo recorded as either lost or destroyed.


Royal cabinets restored to Alnwick

01 February 2011

AFTER more than 17 months of work, the restoration of the Cucci cabinets, on display at Alnwick Castle since 1930, is complete. The Kent-based conservator Yannick Chastang was chosen to restore what he calls “the most valuable pieces of furniture in the world”.


Toy auctioneers turn their attentions to listed home

22 March 2010

THE home of West Midlands toy specialists Astons is the grade II listed Baylies's Charity School, on Tower Street, Dudley.

Compensation mooted as China changes tack over return of works of art

30 November 2009

CHINA is to encourage the return of its cultural heritage by offering overseas collectors “reasonable compensation”.

Revamp for St Ives studios

23 November 2009

THE St Ives studio that housed Sir Terry Frost, Peter Blake and Francis Bacon has won a £900,000 restoration grant.


Tompion tribute from West Dean to Greenwich Royal Observatory

13 July 2009

JOHAN Ten Hoeve, a professional development diploma student on West Dean College’s clocks programme in West Sussex, has made a replica of a Thomas Tompion clock for the Royal Observatory Greenwich.


Markenfield wins Sotheby’s first restoration award

01 September 2008

Markenfield Hall, a 14th century moated manor house near Ripon in Yorkshire, has won the new Historic Houses Association and Sotheby’s Restoration Award for 2008.

Restoring expertise online

24 November 2004

THE Conservation Register, which provides detailed information on conservation-restoration practices from across the UK and Ireland, is now available on the Internet.

£5.4m boost to V&A’s coffers for refurbishment

13 February 2004

ISLAMIC ART: A MAJOR donation hase been given to the Victoria and Albert Museum, to enable it to completely refurbish its Islamic Gallery, home to the famous Ardabil carpet and many other treasures from the Middle East.

Scholarship boost for clock restoration

29 October 2003

A FORMER teacher has won a £6750 Queen Elizabeth Scholarship to enable him to take a unique antique clock restoration course. Brian Coles, aged 53, pictured right, taught geography and geology for 22 years, latterly at a large South Wales comprehensive school, where he was also head of year.

The purist’s source of Victorian inspiration

08 October 2002

The Victorian House Book, by Robin Guild pubished by Sheldrake Press. ISBN 1873329393 £30hb

Floods threaten new museum

27 August 2002

GERMANY: The world’s largest collection of Meissen porcelain has had to be rescued from serious flooding – only a week after plans were announced for the re-opening of the museum that houses it.

Zwinger re-opens its doors in Dresden

12 August 2002

After three years of restoration work, the porcelain rooms of the Zwinger State Art Collection in Dresden are to re-open to the public on Sunday October 6.

Fatigue proves deadly to Ming relic

12 June 2000

US: ONE OF the rarest chairs in the world has met with an unexpected fate at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. A 17th century Chinese folding armchair, which had accomodated the highest dignitaries of the Imperial court, was unable to bear the weight of a weary museum visitor who had disregarded the ‘do not touch’ sign and sat down to rest his feet.