Consultancy and Advice
We are able to advise and make recommendations on the condition of single items or complete collections and give conservation and restoration advice. We do not, however, provide valuations.
We specialise in conserving and cleaning existing gilded finishes. We also remove over-layers of gilding and paint to reveal original gilded surfaces.
We have a team of highly trained carvers and gilders, specialising in the design and replacement of missing elements and re-instating missing and damaged gessowork and gilding.
On request, written and photographic reports can be produced, following the complete restoration process.
We can make exact copies of existing objects or produce reproductions from photographs or drawings. We are able to design items to fit in with any historic period. All our reproductions are hand carved and water gilt in 23¼ carat gold leaf.
Why Choose Us?
Our gilders have a great deal of varied experience conserving and restoring every kind of gilt gesso surface likely to be found. Our carvers serve a 5 year apprenticeship in wood and gesso carving and also conservation.
One of our main strengths is attention to detail. Any missing carved elements can be replaced, in wood, as they were originally made. Gesso is applied to the wood which is carefully modelled and re-carved, thus sharpening the outline and decorating the surface with shallow veins prior to gilding. Many other workshops carry out repairs using fillers and resins and do not re-carve any detail after gesso is applied.
W Thomas Restorations Ltd is committed to minimising the impact of its activities on the environment and continues to review and implement changes to ensure the aims and objectives of their Environmental Policy are met.
W Thomas Restorations Ltd has joined The Prince’s Mayday Network which supports businesses on the journey to environmental sustainability.
BAFRA - Ray Dudman is an accredited member of The British Antique Furniture Restorers' Association.
ICON - Ray Dudman is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation.
The Master Carvers Association - W Thomas Restorations Ltd are members of the Master Carvers Association and Ray Dudman is the Association's Honorary Treasurer.
Members of the Royal Warrant Holders Association