Our multi-disciplinary team has over 60 years’ experience restoring furniture and wooden objects, from seventeenth-century walnut chest of drawers to twentieth-century chrome cabinets.

Our respectful approach to the history and integrity of each piece underpins a service that delivers first class results.

We execute traditional techniques such as marquetry, carving and turning, French polishing, wax finishing, lacquering, caning and upholstery to the highest standards.

We treat everyday stains, scratches and minor losses as well as furniture that has been deemed un-restorable, such as pieces that have suffered major fire, flood or shipping damage.

Furniture can be replicated, as can missing fixtures, keys, handles and mirror glass – drawing on the range of skills across Plowden & Smith’s departments.

Large pieces that cannot be moved are treated on site to the same exacting standards as in our workshop.

Furniture and wooden objects leave our studio in a condition that delights, giving our clients many more years of use and enjoyment.

Featured Projects

Glass Chair

Furniture is a very diverse area of conservation and our specialists work with a wide range of materials.

This mid-century Italian glass chair came to us with numerous chips and breaks to the glass. They were bonded and filled where necessary, resulting in smooth, seamless repairs. Additionally, the right-hand scrolling armrest was loose therefore we re-affixed it, tightening any loose joints in the process to ensure a lasting solution.

A replica glass leg was created, closely copying one of the undamaged legs. Finally, all loose joints on the metal frame were tightened before we re-installed the new leg.

Walnut Dining Table

The walnut veneered top of this Victorian dining table was restored following substantial water damage caused by a potted plant contained in a shallow bowl.

Despite the owners placing a protective mat between the base of the bowl and the veneer top of the table, a small hole in the waterproof cloth allowed water that spilled over the shallow bowl to trickle onto the wooden veneer. Over time, the sustained exposure to water caused the veneers to lift.

When we received the table it had dried out. We re-hydrated the veneer to make it more flexible and to soften the adhesive; this allowed us to remove the damaged section of veneer for re-use. This was then clamped shut between two boards. The veneer was then re-laid in the traditional way using animal glue. Once dry, the whole top was coloured and French polished to match the original finish.

Fire Damaged Chairs

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Broken Gilded Mirror

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Distressing Mirror Glass

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