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About

The conservation studio of Thornton-Jones Restoration Ltd. was establish in London in 2008 by Felix Thornton-Jones (BSc, MA). Felix has over fifteen years of experience within the conservation industry. The conservation practice he has built up specialises in the conservation & restoration of marble, terracotta, plaster and other sculptural materials.

Felix gained his entrance into the industry learning his trade as an assistant to a renowned sculpture restorer in a leading restoration studio in New York. This invaluable introduction to the top of the fine art industry was consolidated with the award of a first class honours degree (BSc) in Conservation & Restoration back on home soil in London. During this period of study he augmented his degree with periods working as a preventative conservator at Buckingham Palace and as a stone masons assistant on the soaring gothic Stephansdom Cathedral in Vienna. Upon graduation Felix was employed at the venerable conservation company of Plowden & Smith (London) and after a fruitful period in their employ Felix took the opportunity to pursue a Masters degree. This degree took him to China to study the conservation of archaeological materials based in Xi'an. The MA programme was a unique collaboration between Bologna University (Italy) and Xi'an Jiatong University. During this period Felix was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholarship and the Anna Plowden Trust Scholarship. Since returning from China Felix has been busy developing and expanding the reputation of his conservation studio in London.


Fernanda Cassara has been working as a conservator for Thornton-Jones Restoration for five years. Originally from Catania on the tip of Sicily she grew up in the shadow of Etna and surrounded with the rich artistic heritage southern Italy has to offer. 

Fernanda studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Catania (University of Fine Art Catania)  achieving a 1st class degree (BA Honours) in Conservation and Restoration focusing on sculpture and is registered by the Italian Ministry of Arts as a 'Collaboratore/Restauratore di Belle Arti'.  

 


S T A F F

Felix Thornton-Jones, Director & Owner (BSc,  MA)

Fernanda Cassara, Conservator (BA)