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Wheathills Restore Antique Furniture
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Antique Chairs needing restoration

The chairs purchased at auction certainly have seen better days. They are in a distressed condition, unstable and are clearly in need of re-upholstering. Only a limited budget is available for restoration work, so what can be done?

The team discuss with Nigel the options for restoring the Regency Chairs.Here there is little room for restoration fees and difficult decisions have to be made. This situation occurs quite often in day-to-day work at Wheathills. We discuss with our clients the relationship between restoration cost and the value of the piece. Antique Restoration Options
Should we be conserving or restoring for the greater benefit of the piece, and what sentimental value is held in the character and age of it. For instance, an area of damage which appears to be ripe for restoration may have in fact been produced by Aunty Flo in 1885 on her wedding day and must be conserved at all costs.
Cabinet Makers Restoring Antique Chair The team decide that the chairs can be restored and still leave room for a small profit. Lee and Marcus begin the restoration process by dismantling and re-gluing with reversible animal glue.
All of our work is based on the sound priciple of conservation reversability, ie we only use natural , traditional material. This will allow future generations of restorers to reverse our work , or repair any unfortunate accidents more easily
Lee is replacing some missing brackets, carving them to the correct shape, and gluing the bracket to secure the leg and side rail.
Cabinet Maker Restoring an Antique Chair Antique Chair in Cabinet Makers Workshop Antique Chair being restored in Cabinetmaker's work shop

Conservation and restoration often cross over and both elements are invaluable in the correct treatment of an antique. Whilst the chair required re-gluing because parts were loose (restoration), the finish is in excellent condition and has good patination, therefore it is essential to conserve all of the original colours and textures of the finish (conservation).

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