Antique restoration and selling antiques in Cambridge U.K. We offer a wide range of furniture repair, restoration and conservation services from our workshop.
Having all the necessary skills and expertise to carry out a full range of restoration and conservation projects “in house”, we are pleased to be the first choice of respected antiques experts, auction houses and some of Cambridge University’s most venerable colleges.
All woodwork repairs, not least turning, carving, gilding, traditional wax and oil polishing, shellac and french polishing, seat weaving (rush seating and cane seating) inlay and marquetry, upholstery, desk leather lining, and metalware repairs are carried out by our own skilled hands.
We have many years experience working on furniture and musical instruments from the renaissance through to the most contemporary designs and our work has been exhibited at some of the worlds finest art and antiques shows. Have a look at our restoration page for more information.
Our showroom page features photos and information of pieces we have for sale, all restored to the very highest standards and ready to go. We also have the details of some pieces that have passed through our hands, and illustrate our philosophy that anything we offer for sale must be so special we really want to keep it for ourselves!
Autumn has passed and winter is well underway. It’s been a busy couple of months with a steady flow of work passing through the workshop, from private clients and the Cambridge Colleges. A highlight has been a splendid silver-gilt torchère Andrew has just finished restoring for one of Cambridge University’s Wren chapels.
There have been interesting chair repairs, from wobbly legs and replacing missing carved cabriole leg “ears”, to major leg extensions for a very fine early 18th century oak panel-backed arm chair . Mark has just finished restoring a long set of chairs from the dining room of the Master’s Lodge of one of Cambridge’s grandest colleges – what a view of the river from their kitchen!
On the seat weaving front we’ve had some rather nice 19th century French dining chairs made of mahogany with brass mouldings. They had very fine caned seats and curved blind-caned backs to replace. Such close weaves can be time consuming, but the finished results are spectacular.
Keeping up the European theme, another interesting piece was a German desk with spiral turned legs. Two of these had been poorly repaired in the past and needed their wooden threads replacing. Cutting threads – another satisfying job!
Lookout for Andrew’s new Youtube demonstration of the saddle stitch, repairing a pair of vintage Charlotte Perriand Les Arcs chairs. Click on the Youtube link at the bottom of this page under “Get Social” or find them on our YouTube page: AandM Hoskins – YouTube
What Client’s Say
For many years Andrew and Mark have helped me to identify antiques in sale rooms that are good value and genuine and then repaired them as necessary to a very high standard indeed. I have always been delighted with their excellent advice and workmanship. They have also made some wonderful reproduction pieces that have been very much admired by my friends. I am delighted to commend them unreservedly.Roger Dalzell, Cambridge
I am keen to recommend Andrew & Mark. In my experience good restorers are thin on the ground. Andrew & Mark understand how antique furniture was made and have a sympathy and talent to restore it.Jess Applin, Applin Antiques
Having acquired a George III desk by Gillows in need of major restoration, I was recommended Mark and Andrew to bring it back to life. They did a first rate job worthy of the Gillows workshops.Mark Bagnall, Geneva
If restoration workshops were garages Andrew and Mark’s would be for Formula 1.OCFP, Oxfordshire
We first met Andrew and Mark in 2003 and have come to know their work well. They have undertaken a diverse range of projects for us including antique repairs, design and manufacture of original work, and help in finding antiques.
They seem to know instinctively what is required. We confidently leave each item in their hands and have always been delighted by the sympathetic and very professional results. It has always been a pleasure to do business with them and we look forward to the next time.Pat and David Billington, Lancashire
I first came across Andrew and Mark in London a few years before they opened their own workshop. They’ve been of great help to me building and maintaining my antique furniture collection. I have the highest regard for their craftsmanship, integrity and honest judgement.W.H, London