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Preserving the Past



Our Heritage

Founded by freelance object conservator Carla Learoyd, Clear Conservation offers conservation and restoration services for gilded and decorative surfaces including gilding, painted plaster and stone.


Having always had an interest in crafting, over the last 15 years Carla has run several businesses including Soft Furnishings, Garden Design and Landscaping, Furniture Painting and Upholstery, undertaking relevant training in each of these disciplines to ensure she was equipped with the necessary skill levels required.

Freelance upholstery work within the conservation workshops at Windsor Castle exposed Carla to the wonderful world of conservation. This discovery led her to study for a BA (Hons) in Conservation of Stone, Wood and Decorative Surfaces at The City and Guilds of London Art School. During study and since graduating, Carla has focussed much of her work on the conservation of frames, upholstered furniture, gilded surfaces and paint on stone and plaster.


Upholstered furniture

In 2016, Carla undertook accredited AMUSF training in modern and traditional upholstery, gaining a distinction in all levels.


Her attention to detail and pursuit of perfection works in tandem with conservation and restoration to ensure all commissions are completed with suitable consideration to the historic significance of each piece. We know how treasured such items can be.

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The conservation and restoration of gilded frames is a service we are very proud of. From complex rebuilding of areas of loss, to simple surface retouching, we are dedicated to providing the highest level of excellence and ensure that all commissions are handled in a timely and professional manner. 

We are happy to take on projects of any size, with previous frames coming from National Trust properties Hughenden Manor and Lacock Abbey, The Palace of Westminster and Deans Court in Wimborne.

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We can also provide freelance services on site should work need to be carried out in situ, with relevant  PASMA and CSCS qualifications.

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Bespoke upholstery design

As well as individual commissons for conservation or restoration, we offer a stress free design service, working together with you to create stunning upholstered chairs that replicate period styles as closely as possible.


You can choose from a range of hand carved mahogany frames that we will finish to your requirements and for a truly bespoke piece we have a talented team of artists that can create your own signature hand painted fabric. We will work closely with you to ensure your complete satisfaction.


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Gilding and Decorative Surfaces

With experience in water and oil gilding we can advise you on your project and complete to budget within the required time frame.

We can totally re-gild your items or enhance existing gilding schemes. This can involve replacing missing elements and integrating with extant gilding using methods of distressing and toning to suit.

We can work both on site or within our workshop.


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Get in Touch

500 Terry Francine St. 

San Francisco, CA 94158


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