Our Clients

Treating every client and every object as unique means we deliver the best solution for our clients, no matter who they are, where they are and what their specific needs are.

restored wing of marble cherub


Whether we are treating a single piece of porcelain or an extensive collection of modern art, we are approachable, accommodating and flexible. Many of our private clients remain with us for life, a testament both to the outstanding quality of our work and the excellent level of customer service we provide.

MIA Permanent Collection


We work with some of the world’s greatest cultural institutions. We restore, conserve and display mount anything from a single object to an entire collection, and work on temporary and touring exhibitions. For the award-winning ten new galleries at the National Museum of Scotland, we mounted and installed 8,000 exhibits.

Plowden & Smith collections care on an antique watercolour


Responding rapidly when fire, flood or other types of disaster strike, we analyse damage to objects, identify historic faults and highlight which pieces risk rapid deterioration unless treated immediately. With an extensive skill set and vast experience, we can treat seemingly irreversible damage, to the surprise and delight of clients.

Madonna and Child Oil on Canvas being treated in the Plowden & Smith


Pre and post-sale, whether by direct commission or referral, our impartial detailed condition reports give potential buyers the confidence they need to make the right choices. Where necessary we also install, clean and restore objects – prior to photography or going on public view – ­from sculptures to oil paintings. We are conveniently located for London and the South East salerooms and can respond to requests at short notice.

royal coat of arms clock


Leading Insurers rely on us to provide independent advice, project management for major claims, and the highest standard of restoration services. Our detailed and impartial condition reports comment on historic damage and recommend conservation-appropriate treatments with cost estimates. We are the preferred choice of leading insurance companies as well as an approved supplier to Hiscox.

flaking gilt gesso frame awaiting restoration treatment at Plowden & Smith


From restoring their clients’ antiques to advising them on the best UV-filtering glass for protecting pictures, our highly specialised skills are indispensable for interior designers. We work all over the world on projects that include treating the wooden interiors of a 1960s yacht, restoring an Art Deco marble entrance lobby and creating custom-made frames for a collection of architectural drawings.