About Green and Cockburns Antiques Restoration and Valuation Service
Malcolm Green of Green and Cockburn and his restoration team have been restoring and valuing antiques over 45 years.
These days though Malcolm is taking very much of a backseat role concentrating on the valuation of antiques and fine art in his valuation business www.antiques-valuations.co.uk and is now acting very much in an advisory capacity as his restoration team headed up by his son Myles are more than capable of undertaking any restoration task necessary.
A Television Opportunity
We have been restoring antiques now for nearly 45 years at Green and Cockburn in this time fashions come and go, but now something different, we are finding now that we are only really able to undertake restoration of the very finest antiques (antiques that have the money in them for restoration) the only exception to this seems to be items that people realise perhaps aren’t worth restoring but have a special family significance.
The average antique items of furniture which even 10 years ago were considered to be really sought-after, these items that one would have to pay a great deal of money to buy at auction at the time are now making very little.
Victorian and Georgian furniture are now are making so little money at auction in fact that auctioneers are wondering what to sell in their auctions, it is only the very finest and rarest antiques that are really getting high prices.
Why is this!
We feel it is partly because the media doesn’t reflect the true nature of the antiques trade with programs where people set off in their cars with a thousand pounds to buy useless items that nobody else would want and then end up at the end of the day strangely very often without any profit at all.
The public are not that stupid and of course realise that it is the TV companies who are paying them for their day’s wages otherwise they would not make a living.
We feel as do many of our clients who are historians and academics that a programme needs to be made showing that there has never been a better time to buy fine antiques at auction and at a low price that is totally unprecedented in my 45 years of restoration.
This program should show how antiques items were made, when they were made, and why they were made, and the history surrounding each individual item in relation to the part of the country that they were made in.
I have been asked to undertake television programmes mostly with a quiz show type of element this type of programme does not help the ailing antiques trade at all therefore I declined.
We’re looking to develop this idea into a television series, following format rather like the Old Fred Dibnah series talking about and discussing antiques with a historical but humorous element, a lot of the pre-production work having already been undertaken in the process of making a programme of this nature.
It will be a great opportunity to make more people aware of the objects that can be purchased easily at auction, and then restored, highlighting the work of the antiques trade as a whole, as well as focusing on the individual objects themselves.
The restoration work that we undertake here at Green & Cockburn is broad and varied, but one consistent thread that we have noticed over the years is that many of the objects passing through our workshops having intriguing tales to tell. Here is one fascinating example of this type involving a longcase clock, which might have connections to Thomas Gainsborough. (Please see link of some film work already undertaken on this subject).
What can be better than to acquire a unique piece of antique furniture which has been lovingly restored for your home, rather than buying a mass-produced flatpack unit? Sympathetic restoration work also helps to conserve our domestic heritage for future generations, and represents the ultimate in recycling!
If you are a broadcaster or run a television production company, and would like to know more about our proposed series, please get in touch by phone on 01462-790646 or email email@example.com
We have undertaken this restoration work On fine antique clocks, undertaking gilding work on interiors and furniture and works of art for museums, stately homes and private collections.
These skills include full horological skills, all furniture restoration skills, gilding and carving skills and the restoration of works of art, including water and oil colours using the same materials and the emphasis of use of tools as in the same manner as when they were originally made.
All this restoration work such as clock movement work, casework, and dial restoration, gilding etc is undertaken in our workshops as we do not outsource anything.
In latter years Malcolm has also been used as an adviser and presenter on the BBC for antique restoration programs and is at present the resident clock expert on the BBC2 Restoration Road show and is a consultant on many antique orientated programmes.
Antique clock restoration
In our antiques clock restoration department we restore clock movements and cases in exactly the same way as when they were made with the added help of modern machine tools.
Antiques valuation and consultation
Malcolm has been valuing antiques for many years undertaking work for insurance companies and insurance assessors, for Probate and inheritance tax purposes,valuing for auction houses and the BBC where he has been used as a presenter and consultant and restorer for antique restoration programs and is at present the resident clock expert on the Restoration Roadshow. Malcolm now has a separate valuation website in addition to the valuations page on this site which is antiques-valuations.co.uk
Malcolm has a comprehensive knowledge of antique clocks, antique furniture, oil and water paintings and fine works of art.
We undertake dial painting in exactly the same manner as when they were made.
On the left before restoration on the right after restoration.
We also undertake the restoration of turtle shell and Ivory the figure below
has had the hand replaced.
Antique furniture restoration
In our antique furniture restoration department we undertake all traditional restoration work including French polishing specialist Dutch marquetry restoration on clock cases. We also undertake traditional hair upholstery and are famous for invisible timber repairs using original timber on all restoration projects such as antique chair restoration, table repairs of all kinds.
A typical furniture restoration project in our work shop is this fine William and Mary period Dutch marquetry Bombay commode bookcase.
We excel in our gilded mirror and picture frames department (including gilding and carving). All materials used are as they would have been, including gesso clay and animal glue for gluing and rabbit skin for gilding.
We are specialist gilders and carvers and have worked on some of the most interesting and relevant gilded frames in the country these include frames by Chippendale and Grinling Gibbons who are both well known for there furniture manufacturing and carving skills.
Below you can see a typical gilding project.
We pride ourselves in what we call invisible furniture repairs. This means that if we have repaired a table, chair or a clock case you should not be able to distinguish where the repair had been carried out. This is work that can only be carried out by extremely competent French polishers. Don't just take our word for it look at some of our recent restoration projects.
Green and Cockburn Antique Restoration have been successfully trading for nearly 40 years
Even our sign is old - please use the new number 01462 790646 to contact us! which came in I believe in 1979.
Being a family run business, our combined experience enables us to make our restoration skills very sought-after in the world of art and antiques.
We are based on the Hertfordshire Cambridgeshire Bedfordshire border and are willing to travel to: Hertfordshire (Herts), Bedfordshire (Beds), Cambridgeshire (Cambs), Buckinghamshire (Bucks) and Essex.
Church restoration and period interiors
A great deal of work that we take on is large scale restorations of period interiors, furniture and turret clocks in Churches and Cathedrals where we also undertake the restoration of period timber in relation to woodworm treatment, solidification of rotting timber and carving,keeping to the individual period concept such as the restoration of broken rood screens that may require carved tracery or the restoration of rood screen paintwork.
We are also skilled in the restoration of stonework and of course the restoration and maintenance of of church turret clocks where we are able to make any missing part necessary.
We are willing to collect Antique clocks or furniture from your area including North London, Barnet and Finchley
Please contact us for a free appraisal of your restoration work.
Can we help you with your antique
restoration problem - need help or advice - contact Green and Cockburn…
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