Rupert McBain Studio offers a furniture restoration service to private households, stately homes, historic collections, Church Commissioners, museums and insurance companies. We have a track record of delivering appropriate work of the highest standard. Be assured that your treasured furniture is in expert hands.
Our studio is able to handle many aspects of a project from carving and cabinetmaking through to gilding, metalwork, polishing and upholstery – this is attractive to many of our clients.
We also take time to communicate costs and decisions clearly so budgets can be allocated and work planned and executed efficiently. Some projects can be done by one member of the studio from start to finish but others will need input from a number of people.
Colour and finish are perhaps the most exacting aspects of the work – timber (even when that timber is taken from a redundant 18th Century piece of furniture) may well need to be bleached and coloured prior to polishing. To reproduce an original finish is an exacting and important art.
The timbers used for marquetry such as tulipwood, kingwood, purpleheart and fruitwoods may, in their original states, be vivid reds and purples and these may need muting and colouring prior to polishing. The polishing itself needs to capture the lustre and three dimensional quality of an original finish without tending towards the brashness of many over restored pieces.
There are not many substitutes for knowledge, experience, craftsmanship and flair