What folk say
It is a pleasure working with Andrew and Mark at Emmanuel College. They have assisted us with ingenious carving and gilding conservations and all manner of everyday restorations. Their extensive knowledge and experience has also been a boon in seeking out possible new acquisitions for our collection of fine furniture.
Professor Windeatt, Vice-Master, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
We first met Andrew and Mark in 2003 and have come to know their work well. They have undertaken a diverse range of projects for us including antique repairs, design and manufacture of original work, and help in finding antiques. They seem to know instinctively what is required. We confidently leave each item in their hands and have always been delighted by the sympathetic and very professional results. It has always been a pleasure to do business with them and we look forward to the next time.
Pat and David Billington, Lancashire
Andrew and Mark have been commissioned to cover detailed work in St. Catharine’s College since 2002. They have also been commissioned to do private work for Fellows of the College. We have found their work to be of a very high standard, with a precise level of detail often sadly absent in the world today.
I have no hesitation in recommending their work.
Deborah Loveluck, Fellow and Director of Development, St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge
I have known Andrew and Mark since 2007, when I moved to the Cambridge area. Their expertise in all aspects of furniture restoration is a great asset to both Cheffins and Sworders Auctioneers, where we have come to regard them as the fourth emergency service when preparing our fine art sales. The quality of their work is really first rate, and we regularly recommend them to our clients.
Luke Macdonald FRICS, Director, Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers
Andrew and Mark have been so helpful and brilliant over the years at Newnham College. Their considered approach has always been much appreciated. Both on the upkeep of our V.P. collection and other furniture. 17th. century oak and George I walnut to deep-buttoned Chesterfields and modern furniture. We haven’t found a job that they’ve been unable to assist with yet.
Sheana Yardy, Head Housekeeper, Newnham College, Cambridge
Here on the Isle of Man we had a broken plantation type chair, one of a pair, that we couldn’t get repaired locally. We found Andrew and Mark online and they took it on with out any concern. What a success. They did a terrific job. The repaired chair looks just like it’s twin.
Robin Smith, Doehle (IOM) Ltd, Douglas, Isle of Man
Having acquired a George III desk by Gillows in need of major restoration, I was recommended Mark and Andrew to bring it back to life. They did a first rate job worthy of the Gillows workshops.
Mark Bagnall, Geneva
If restoration workshops were garages Andrew and Mark’s would be for Formula 1.
I am keen to recommend Andrew & Mark. In my experience good restorers are thin on the ground. Andrew & Mark understand how antique furniture was made and have a sympathy and talent to restore it.
Jess Applin, Applin Antiques
We have been using Andrew and Mark for repairs and restorations to the College furniture, interior woodwork and antiques for many years. At Jesus we value the wide range of services and the personal attention we receive from this small local workshop.
Stephen Sayers, Head Butler, Jesus College, Cambridge
For many years Andrew and Mark have helped me to identify antiques in sale rooms that are good value and genuine and then repaired them as necessary to a very high standard indeed. I have always been delighted with their excellent advice and workmanship. They have also made some wonderful reproduction pieces that have been very much admired by my friends. I am delighted to commend them unreservedly.
Roger Dalzell, Cambridge
I first came across Andrew and Mark in London a few years before they opened their own workshop. They’ve been of great help to me building and maintaining my antique furniture collection. I have the highest regard for their craftsmanship, integrity and honest judgement.