A most satisfying project, encompassing Repair, Polishing and Gilding work to bring these wonderful doors back to the grandeur they deserve.
The Carved Pelicans were over varnished many times and after careful inspection, original gilding was discovered under the many coats.
This was carefully removed, and the carvings were prepared for re-gilding, after missing sections of carving were replaced and splits repaired.
The doors were completely dismantled and overhauled.
The doors were then re-finished and re-hung successfully within the time wndow provided by the school.
After a serious fire during a function at Stationers' Hall, we worked with Luard Conservation to provide the core joinery work for this rescue effort.
Quarter sawn oak was used throughout, sourced in the Peak district from The Quarter Sawn Oak Company, and was of marvelous quality, as close as we could find to the original specification.
The first priority was to provide temporary sections while more detailed work continued off site, to enable the Hall to carry on functioning and raising revenue.
Then , in the following summer recess, the work on site started in earnest and was completed on target 6 weeks later.
Please see photos in the Stationers Hall Album for the work in progress and methods used.
See below for the Times article about the Restoration and Conservation of this most important Grade 1 Screen.