French Polishing

Our French polishing department uses traditional methods to reproduce or blend to original surfaces. We pride ourselves on detail and accuracy. When we revive or restore French polished surfaces, particular attention is paid to conserving the original patination (ageing, i.e. natural marks and colouration achieved over many years of use).

From commercial French polishing, panelling & staircases to the finest detailed work, our goal is to return surfaces to their natural state of their period. After the French polishing repairs have been blended in, our clients often say “I can’t see what you have done!”. A compliment in itself..

As with all services, our French polishing facility cover areas in Berkshire & Buckinghamshire including Windsor, Eton, Maidenhead, Ascot, Burnham, Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross.

Early 20th Century Walnut Writing Table

The top of this writing table was stripped and French polished.  On the front and sides of the piece, the plainer grain had been enhanced by faux graining, which was worn and faded.  The handles had become loose, which allowed them to rotate, wearing circular grooves into the drawer fronts.

Walnut 20th Century Writing Table Before Restoration

Before restoration

Walnut 20th Century Writing Table After Restoration

After Restoration

Walnut 20th Century Writing Table Top Before Restoration

Table Top Before Restoration

20th Century Walnut Writing Table Drawer Front before restoration

Drawer Front Before Restoration

20th Century Walnut Writing Table Drawer Front After Restoration

Drawer Front After Restoration

The faux grain was touched-up and the drawer fronts were restored.  Colour-matching the front and sides to match the top brought the piece back to life.  The restoration was completed by fitting newly-cast handles to replace those which were missing.

Walnut 20th Century Writing Table After Restoation

After Restoration and French Polishing