Portledge House, North Devon

The high quality plasterwork ornament in the Long Gallery at Portledge House was revealed from beneath many layers of later paint; fine repairs were undertaken in areas of damage.


We have extensive experience of conserving and repairing decorative plasterwork, particularly ornamental features such as overmantles and Royal Arms. These delicate structures are usually carried on a timber support, and work may include strengthening or replacing this, as well as stabilising fine surface detail and removing inappropriate modern coverings.

We have worked on a number of important Royal Arms in the south west of England, which was a centre of the art in the 16th and 17th centuries. Each had different structural and cosmetic problems and for each, a bespoke solution was needed: