Decorative Arts

Our Decorative Arts team is led by ICON accredited conservators

Our highly skilled team carry out the repair and conservation of stone, terracotta, church monuments, mosaics, statues, gilding and decorative surfaces and polychrome.

We provide ongoing conservation and care of house collections and garden sculpture such as the National Trust Country House collection of antique and 18th century garden sculpture, including major collections at Petworth House, Waddesdon Manor, Cliveden, Anglesey Abbey and Powis Castle.

Mosaics

We clean, stabilise and repair small and large-scale mosaics from wall panels, pavements, floors and fountains to extensive museum displays. Our Decorative Arts team can also remove, transport and reinstall floor mosaics in a vertical position with a bespoke structural fixing frame system.

Painted Decorative Schemes and Polychromy

Cleaning, consolidation, conservation and restoration of polychrome and painted surfaces is undertaken with extreme care and involves research, analysis and trials. Our conservators consider all factors that could affect the deterioration of the painted surface and substrate.

Gilding and Specialist Decoration

We restore missing elements of gilding and decoration and reinstate decorative schemes with the application of new gilding and traditional paint.

Metalwork

We undertake the cleaning and conservation of metalwork including statuary, railings and decorative pieces. Bespoke security fixing can be provided to safeguard collections.

Statuary

We sympathetically clean, consolidate and repair statues and where necessary replace missing structural or decorative elements using appropriate materials. Condition analysis and trials are carried as part of a project.

Our practical and advisory services provide for the transport, display and ongoing care of statuary collections.

Archaeology

Our consultancy services extend to some of the most important sites around the world including Aphrodisias, one of the oldest and most treasured sites in Turkey.

Aphrodisias is a special project for us. Our founder Trevor Proudfoot began the work there as a personal project in 1990, and regularly invited workshop members to accompany him.

 

Case Studies

Repair of Venus and Cupid statue

Repair of Venus and Cupid statue

The marble statue had suffered serious damage during a fire and was feared to be irreparable

Corpus Christi College Chapel, Oxford

Corpus Christi College Chapel, Oxford

Cliveden Conservation was appointed by Kingerlee Ltd ( Principal contractor) and Gray Baynes + Shew (Architects) to carry out specialist conservation work to Corpus Christi College Chapel Oxford, as part of a major refurbishment project.

Chester Cathedral Wall Mosaic

Chester Cathedral Wall Mosaic

The wall mosaic on the east wall of the St Erasmus Chapel, designed by JR Clayton and executed by A Salviati, was installed as a memorial to Thomas Brassey and his wife in 1879.

Related news

Dorset Museum Mosaic reinstallation is shortlisted for Museums + Heritage Awards 2021

Dorset Museum Mosaic reinstallation is shortlisted for Museums + Heritage Awards 2021

The Fordington mosaic, which we lifted, conserved, re-backed for wall mounting at Dorset Museum has been shortlisted for an prestigious award.

Latest news from Lewis Proudfoot

Latest news from Lewis Proudfoot

‘Chester Cathedral’s Erasmus Chapel Wall Mosaic’, a Regional Finalist in the 2021 Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards.

Priory Park statue dated to 1776 to be restored by us

Priory Park statue dated to 1776 to be restored by us

A much-loved statue that has been in Chichester's Priory Park since 1873 is being repaired and restored by our conservators

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