Welcome to the

FRENCH POLISHING EMPORIUM

Alex Webster and his team carries on a family tradition of outstanding and sympathetic restoration of period and contemporary furniture with a passion and skill recognised and acclaimed by trade and private collectors throughout the UK. Our work is enhanced by a thorough understanding of period cabinet making, finishing techniques, complex design, patina and how wood changes with age.
The natural progression of our expertise in traditional and modern wood finishing has lead to extensive hotel, restaurant and house renovation.
Alex also designs and makes contemporary and reproduction bespoke furniture.
Our work can be seen in National Trust properties, and ‘Mr Websters French Polishing Emporium’ currently features on the Discovery Channel’s ‘Salvage Hunters’.

“It’s all about the wood”

Alex Webster provides an excellent service in the context of French polishing and antique furniture restoration, in a highly professional, efficient and unobtrusive manner.

Matthew Johnson, Director, Bodysgallen Hall

I am an FRICS, owner of Hendre House a listed building, I was Conservation Officer for the Crown Estate, was Chairman of Welsh Historic Gardens Trust, and I am a Trustee of the Georgian Group. I use Alex Webster for the restoration of fine furniture because not only does he have the necessary skill, but is also master of the underlying principles as well as being realistic with pricing. Thus it is fair to say that he has all the expertise in the areas I need.

Michael Tree

I’ve worked with Alex and his family for over 30 years. That says a lot about them and how they treat our furniture.

Mr K. S. Bowers-Jones, Acorn Antiques, Deganwy

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it… If it is broke – send it to Alex !

Drew Pritchard, www.drewpritchard.co.uk

Alex and his team re-surfaced our entire bar area and floor without any disruption to business.

Andy Grant, Manager, Pen-Y-Bryn, Brunning and Price Ltd

Now working in collaboration with

An exciting collaboration was forged in 2017 between The French Polishing Emporium and Tatty Divine. Drawing upon Alex’s expert knowledge and long standing position within the Antiques trade, combined with the brilliant eye and unique style of Ali Hough. Bringing you a collective of fine vintage, antiques and interior highlights, selectively sourced from across the country.

Antique Restoration Courses

Antique restoration courses are run at the Emporium for 6 weeks of the year. 4 course members per week are invited to bring along their own antique that requires restroration and learn all the techniques necessary to bring it back to its former glory. Alex oversees all the work and guides with understanding and knowledge to ensure a learning and an understanding of basic antique restoration principles that can be built upon.
As well as learning to restore their own piece, course members can observe and will be instructed in the work of the other three course members and their antiques to ensure variety and a broad depth of knowledge beyond what is needed for their own item.
The courses take place in a working workshop environment, with antique dealers coming and going and projects continuing for members to also learn from.
Our full weeks course costs £685 and courses run from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. A deposit of £200 is required on reserving your place with the balance payable one week before the course begins. All materials and timbers are included, as well as lunches, teas and coffees and plenty of cake during afternoon tea.
We ask to see pictures of the antique you wish to restore before you sign up for the course. This is to check suitability, just to ensure you get value for money and are kept busy during your course. We want you to learn as much as possible of this now rare profession.
If you have any questions please feel free to email and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Course Dates

APRIL 23rd to 27th 2018
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MAY 21st to 25th 2018
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JUNE 11th to 15th 2018
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JUNE 25th to 29th 2018
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JULY 9th to 13th 2018
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JULY 23rd to 27th 2018
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