Tankerdale has been doing work for Longleat House for many years; over the last few years we have been working on a large conservation project that will be ongoing until 2020. We are working in three of the State Rooms which include, the Ante Library, the Red Library and the Breakfast Room. These rooms consist of doors, windows and bookcases which are all veneered in marquetry. Over time these have been damaged, the surfaces become sun bleached and some of the groundwork has split. 

The marquetry work dates from 1870 when John Crace and his workshop undertook many grandiose transformations of the interior of Longleat, carried out for the 4th Marquess of Bath. The Marquess was a great collector of both painting and furniture, especially that of Venetian mythology; this taste is clearly reflected in the mythological figures and designs of the panels and doors.  


Filling the split marquetry with new boxwood. Engraving has been added to the boxwood fill before the colour is matched up.


At the workshop the degraded surface is removed extremely carefully, trying to ensure that none of the original engraving is removed with it. New repairs are then colour matched to the original surface and the whole thing is then polished. 


One of the window panels at the Tankerdale workshop.

Ante Library to Lower E Corridor door - IMG_8509

A door being refitted in the Ante Library




We have recently finished working on the Leghorn Bed from the National Trust Property, Mount Stewart, Northern Ireland. This is an eighteenth century house with later modifications and refurnishing from the early twentieth century.

Having dismantled the bed we restored the surfaces and the gilding on both the head and foot boards, as well as the mirror hanging over the bed. New red velvet and silk damask upholstery were fitted to each panel.  Surface damage to the bedside cabinets was treated in-situ. The bed was assembled again along with new hangings by upholsterer David Faulkner (Dublin) and its original canopy.

Lin re-touching the painted surface of the bedside cabinets in situ


Churchwarden’s Chest

February 17th, 2016

We’ve received a badly damaged chest from St Andrew’s Church in Timsbury, Hampshire.

The chest has significant fire damaged, its extremely old, dating back from the medieval period. It is an interesting well joined piece, unfortunate that it got caught in the fire damage, but it has done well to survive for so long. In consideration of its age and history we shall be undertaking minimal conservation treatments, keeping it true to its original construction and stabilizing it.


Also from Timsbury is this book cupboard with its rather charming letter cutting.