My Old Friend Clio

I first met Clio in 2005. She lived in a yew avenue and was a favourite of her family. Previously she had broken into many pieces and had been restored. The fragments had been drilled and iron rods inserted to repair her, they had then filled the cracks and missing areas with a resin. Over …

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Cherry the rocking horse

Cherry joined me for the Covid lockdown – we were stable companions for the duration! She had been well loved, well played with, and was looking rather battered as a result. Cherry on arrival Cherry had been restored in the past and had a (now threadbare) velvet saddle and a glass marble for one of …

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A Conservation project: the Rhinocerus Hornbill

This amazing piece is a Rhinocerus Hornbill beak with a magnificent casque. The Bird originates from South East Asia and is an endangered species. This, probably Victorian example has chinese imagery carved into the casque depicting figures, landscapes and houses which no doubt describes a story (I wish I knew more!) The casque, which is …

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