DECORATIVE SURFACES

At Temple studios we undertake the conservation of all aspects of decorative surfaces including but not limited to painted and polychrome surfaces and gilding. As part of our service we can undertake scientific analysis to help us identify the constituent parts of a decorative surface.

We use original mediums and pigments wherever possible but with the use of alternative contemporary conservation methods and mediums we can achieve a true finish with appropriate visual impact.

While most of our work involves interior furniture, we also have extensive experience in outdoor painted surfaces.
 
We can treat for wood worm, consolidate, fill and retouch losses and apply sacrificial layers to protect original surfaces.

Japanning: filling in progress
Japanning: filling in progress

Fills being applied to a highly degraded japanned surface, after consolidation.

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Exterior gilded metalwork
Exterior gilded metalwork

Clock - The Nychthemeron. 24 hour clock features astrological and zodiac symbols plus inscriptions from the teachings of St Bernard of Clairvaux. Nychthemeron being Greek for 'night and day'. Located in the Well Court. All metalwork by George Hart, Silversmith of Chipping Campden. Given to the National Trust with Snowshill Manor in 1951 by Charles Paget Wade.

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Removal of a sacrificial layer
Removal of a sacrificial layer

Clock - The Nychthemeron. 24 hour clock features astrological and zodiac symbols plus inscriptions from the teachings of St Bernard of Clairvaux. Nychthemeron being Greek for 'night and day'. Located in the Well Court. All metalwork by George Hart, Silversmith of Chipping Campden. Given to the National Trust with Snowshill Manor in 1951 by Charles Paget Wade.

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(Right side) - Removal of sacrificial layer (after 3 years)
(Right side) - Removal of sacrificial layer (after 3 years)

Clock - The Nychthemeron. 24 hour clock features astrological and zodiac symbols plus inscriptions from the teachings of St Bernard of Clairvaux. Nychthemeron being Greek for 'night and day'. Located in the Well Court. All metalwork by George Hart, Silversmith of Chipping Campden. Given to the National Trust with Snowshill Manor in 1951 by Charles Paget Wade.

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Painted postbox

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Statue of St George and the Dragon
Statue of St George and the Dragon
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Gilded and polychromed Cypher
Gilded and polychromed Cypher

Door bell – wooden cased toy theatre which was one of Charles Wade’s door bells. It was positioned above the door and every time the door was opened the figures, attached to a belt, precessed (?) and music was played on a small music box movement inside. Here is the verse: “We were made by our master’s hands to hang upon his wall / And every wight who ope’s the door kindly frees us all. / We are little painted figures from the dear romantic past / But we are better off than he is for we shall. The bottom base mechanism was constructed by us to allow the mechanism to work in view of the public.

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Polychrome sculpture
Polychrome sculpture

Polychrome sculpture of the Virgin Mary from Sancta Maria

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Painted and gilded frame
Painted and gilded frame
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