Knole House Showrooms

Sevenoaks, Kent

Following on from the award-winning conservation and redecoration of the Gatehouse, Campbell Smith and Co were employed to undertake the conservation, restoration and specialist decoration works to the extensive ‘Knole House Showrooms’.

The ceilings of the Reynolds Room and Ballroom were careful stripped of disfiguring modern paint; exposing the beautiful designs of Richard Dungan (Royal Master Plasterer 1597-1609), before being redecorated in traditional distempers. The ceiling of the Cartoon Gallery was expertly retouched with hand tinted distemper; using traditional stippling methods and natural wood ash to achieve a suitably aged look to match that elsewhere.

Meticulous conservation cleaning and retouching was carried out to the wood panelling within the Ballroom and throughout the showrooms as required.

The works were completed with the reinstatement of rediscovered wood graining to the Lead Stair.