Lancelot Sheldrick
Lancelot Sheldrick


A work in progress

One of Lance's current conservation projects is this traditional overmantle  mirror frame with ornate leaf compo decoration.  He is in the prossess of repairing the frame in preparation for refinishing  after which the mirror can be refitted. 


Pictures of the final result will be uploaded on completion. 


The mirror was sent in after a faulty fixing caused it to fall from the wall. This is a common occurance with older paintings and Lance is always happy to check fixings and cables or panneling to ensure safety and prevent future damage - one of the main aims of conservation. 





Smaller projects

This charming little watercolour was a recent framing job for Lance. As with all  his framing  this was carried out to consevation standards. He also applied washlines. 


Here we can see the end result - the repaired central decoration blended seamlessly with the original compo, a prime example of a succesful conservation. 

Lance's latest project was this vibrant pastel picture , which he was asked to make a suitable frame for. 


In order to compliment a picture such as this,  a bright gold leaf was used alongside a subtle watercolour wash line- helping to bring out similiar tones within the work. 


Above you can see the finished product, click here for a step by step of how this impressive result was achieved. 

This year Lance has restored a number of oil paintings and frames for Peterhouse College, Cambridge.


Last year he completed the gilding of Jonathan Clarke's sculpture for Chichester Cathedral.  Pictures of the sculpture in pieces and now assembled in the cathedral, see below.

To see more of Jonathan Clarke's work please follow this link:

Carving a Georgian style limewood frame

Sections of lime, hand planed to form the basic profile from solid timber.  Outline design in pencil.

Completed frame in gesso/gilt with ebonised outer finish.  

Click Carved Frame page above for full details.


Other major clients

Lancelot Sheldrick counts a number of Cambridge Colleges and museums amongst his client base.

He has restored all the portraits in St Catherine's College's dining hall.  He has worked for the National River and Rowing Museum and National Rugby Museum as well as Letchworth Garden City Museum.

Contact us

Lancelot Sheldrick

11 Top Street  





Tel: 01353 649777



You can also contact us at any time using our online contact form.

Normal Workshop hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5.30pm but please telephone first to confirm that we are open.Other times by arrangement

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