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French Polishing - Antique Finishes
Traditional French Polishing and Finishing in Derby


Antique Restoration of Longcase Clock French Polished Grandfather Clock French Polish being applied to table French Polisher applying finish to Table

Specialist French Polishers and Finishers from Wheathills in Derby, have earned an enviable reputation by recognising the important relationship between period and materials. Working on iconic pieces (see the Chippendale feature below and the Brighton Belle Restoration feature), and National landmarks such as Lincoln Crown Court (see Restoration Feature) Wheathills craftsmen have used their vast array of antique polishing skills to produce museum-standard finishes on every occasion.

Wheathills' ethos is based upon providing clients with the best possible service, which is the reason for having specialist teams of French Polishers, Cabinet Makers, Traditional Upholsterers and Marquetry Experts. We do not believe that any one person can possibly be a master of all restoration techniques.

The Traditional French Polishing methods we adopt today were originated around the 1830's (coincidentally when the first Heldreich started his furniture business). Prior to this, furniture was normally finished by using a fascinating array of local materials including earth pigments and root dyes (used for colouring), whilst beeswax, resins and mead were used for sealing and polishing.

To take your interest in our French Polishing and Finishing services further you are welcome to email us or ring us on Derby (01332) 824819 , also please feel free to visit us at Wheathills Farm, Brun Lane, Derby, DE22 4LY - please see our Contact Page for a map. We offer a free, no-obligation inspection of the items to be restored either in situ, or here at Wheathills, a verbal quotation for restoration will be offered followed with a written quotation a day or so later.

French Polishing and other Finishing Techniques

Case Study & Other Resources:
French Polishing a Chippendale Table
How To Make French Polish
French Polishing A Longcase Clock
Antique Finish Supplies - Gold Leaf


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