Furniture conservation gallery. David Bartram Furniture


The aim of the CONSERVATION process is to keep the piece in the condition in which it was found and to prevent it from further deterioration. This includes looking at the items in their environmental situation or aspect. It is acceptable to add new parts from the correct materials and these may be toned in but are never hidden fully. Unlike restoration, little or no consideration is given to its monetary value – the emphasis is on its historical significance.”

David Bartram.

There have been many conservation projects, but detailed below are four pieces which have interesting stories attached. More »

‘Trafalgar Chairs’ for The National Trust, Peckover House in Cambridgeshire

These chairs are frequently used for public events at the House so therefore require on-going attention, conservation work and maintenance. The Trafalgar Chairs have front legs in the style of sabres, such details became popular following Lord Nelson's famous victory in 1805.

Walnut fall-front Bureau, Melford Hall

This early 18th century bureau, gifted to the NT, was found to have two inscriptions in ‘secret’ compartments. They read ‘Sr Cordiall Firebrace’ and ’16£ 10s’. This unusual addition of Sir Cordell’s name made this piece particularly appropriate to Melford Hall. The bureau came to David Bartram Furniture without its drop-front supports and lacking three of its bracketed feet. More on this item »

Rosewood Sideboard, Anglesey Abbey

The corners of the plinth of this early 19th century sideboard had extensive damage “losses” to its veneered surface. They were repaired using period veneer from a donor piece of furniture.

Oak Hall Chairs from Felbrigg Hall

These mid 18th century chairs were used by footmen who sat outside the family rooms waiting to be called upon. We undertake many such repairs to conserve the structure and appearance of these historic pieces.