About Us

OUR HISTORY
Since establishing our antique restoration workshop in Cambridge 17 years ago, we have built up a flourishing trade restoring antique furniture to the highest standards.

Andrew and Mark Hoskins gained their cabinet making skills from the renowned guitar maker, Robert Welford. Subsequently they studied furniture restoration at the London College of Furniture, both graduating with distinction and being awarded the Derek Austin Prize for Furniture Restoration, Conservation and Cabinet Making in their respective years.

Professional expertise and experience was then gained over several years at some of London’s finest workshops, including Spink Restoration (now Arlington Conservation), Gordon Maxwell, and H.C. Baxter and Sons.

Having a background firmly rooted in cabinet making and antiques, it is antique furniture restoration / conservation that forms the backbone of our work. We offer an extensive range of restoration skills including all manner of woodwork, carving, turning, inlay and marquetry, gilding, traditional wax, oil and shellac polishes, french polishing, rush and cane seating, and replicas. Take a look at our restoration and conservation page for further details.

Much of our work is for Cambridge University. Not only the furniture but the panelling and historical fittings that are such a feature of many of the venerable buildings. The personal service we provide, the wide range of skills offered and quality of work is highly regarded by many of the colleges, who value the fact that as we are a two man workshop they can be sure they will always see one or both of us, and their work will be carried out by our capable hands.

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

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

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
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