This painted fireplace in the seventeenth century Dutch House in the historic port town of Topsham had been hidden by modern interventions. It was uncovered, cleaned, repaired and re-presented forming both a fascinating survival and an attractive addition to the original ornament of the house.



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: