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

Restoration of fire-damaged All Saints Church Fleet

Restoration of fire-damaged All Saints Church Fleet

Cliveden Conservation was appointed as the specialist subcontractor to Buxton Building Contractors as part of a major restoration project of the church.

The Campbell Family Mausoleum

The Campbell Family Mausoleum

The Campbell Family Mausoleum (Grade II* listed building), St Mary’s RC Cemetery in Kensal Green was erected in 1904 to the designs of the architect Charles Henry Bourne Quennell and is a high-quality example of an Edwardian mausoleum in a striking neo-Byzantine style.

Repairs to Hatfield Forest Shell House

Repairs to Hatfield Forest Shell House

Hatfield Forest National Trust appointed Cliveden Conservation to carry out the repairs to the timber structure, laths and lime render, and where possible salvage original decorative materials.

Related news

Work continues at the Crown Bar, Belfast

Work continues at the Crown Bar, Belfast

Members of our conservation team were pleased to return to the famous National Trust Crown Bar in Belfast to carry out conservation treatment to the decorative tiles.

Saltaire URC project wins gold at the National Churches Awards

Saltaire URC project wins gold at the National Churches Awards

Cliveden Conservation carried out tower masonry repairs, lead works and plastering repairs including the redecoration of the ornate ceiling.

WREN300 Wood Conservation Events 25th April – 4th May 2023

WREN300 Wood Conservation Events 25th April – 4th May 2023

Wren300 is a tercentenary celebration of Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) - Mathematician, Astronomer and one of the country’s ...