Restoration & Conservation of fine Antique Furniture

Paul has gained great expertise and skill in cabinet making, polishing, gilding and paint finishes over the 33 years he has spent in the business. “It is important to have an understanding of the historical and social context of the piece to be able to assess the condition. I can then decide on the correct method for the conservation or restoration.” 

Many of the methods Paul employs for his work would be no different to an eighteenth century craftsman whilst using modern reversible techniques and materials when necessary. 


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After completing a four year traditional apprenticeship in 1985 at a prestigious London restoration company, Paul Davis set up and ran a successful workshop in the city of London. In 1989 he moved to the countryside and now offers his skills from his workshop in Lingen, Herefordshire. Paul has served the antiques trade, private collectors and interior designers for over thirty years and has a reputation for fine and sensitive restoration.

Paul’s passion for woodwork started when, as a son of a soldier based in Hong Kong, he used to watch the craftsmen in Kowloon making violins and guitars. “I loved the noisy chatter of the workshops, combined with the smell of the wood and lacquer coming from all of the instruments hanging from the ceiling” He later attended The Sacred Heart College in Droitwich where he spent many years admiring the splendid arts and crafts carvings and mosaics of Gabriel Pippet in the church of the Sacred Heart and St Catherine of Alexandria.



A sample of some restoration pieces.
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A sample of some restoration pieces.
Click on the images below to show before during and after details.


William Burges Sea Monster Chairs

A pair of ‘Sea Monster’ chairs circa 1870’s
Designed and painted by William Burges (1827-1881)
On loan to the National Trust for display at Knightshayes, Devon
Dry stripping of later varnish, making good damage to painted surface and gilded bands.

Morris & Co 'Manchester' Cabinet 1887

Morris & Co ‘Manchester’ Cabinet, 1887, designed by George Jack.
Exhibited at the 1887 Manchester Jubilee Exhibition
Manufactured by Morris & Co (1862-1940)
Private Collection
Restoration of missing mouldings. Removal of stains to the top and lower shelf, revived shellac finish.


A fauteuil made from sweet chestnut in the manner of Jean-Baptiste Tilliard.

Removal of upholstery. Re-gluing loose joints. Treating woodworm infestation. Making good damage to right hand back section and reinstating losses.

Gillows Pot Cupboards

A matched pair of Gillows pot cupboards.

Reinstating losses to legs, replacing later gallery and re-veneering doors in period, salvaged veneer. Manufacturing knob to match original.

Howard & Sons Tripod

Howard & Son Tripod with revolving top.

Straighten warped top and made good previous repair to one leg. 
Clean and wax.

Thomas Hope Table

Thomas Hope style table (C1805) with earlier Pietra Dura Top.(C1580)

Repaired and consolidated loose and flaking gesso to Chimeras, ebonized new gesso to match original. Repairs to split plinth and replacement of missing mouldings and veneers.