Piers Keating started working in antique furniture restoration in the late 1980’s when he worked for a BAFRA member (British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association) in the Cotswolds for the antiques’ trade.
Following this time spent learning the trade he decided to further his knowledge and skills by taking a Higher National Diploma in Furniture Studies at Basford Hall linked to Buckingham University. During his time at Basford Piers gained a distinction in both Cabinet Making and Traditional Finishing at City and Guilds level and further went on to acheive a distinction in his HND. He was awarded the Lapada prize for best student of the year. As part of his course he was placed with the Nottingham Museums conservation department and worked on the collection at Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron.
On completing his studies Piers set up a successful business based in West Bridgford, Nottingham. Working for private clients his work included restoring pieces for Holme Pierrepont Hall and Mellors and Kirk auctioneers.
After spending a few years in Nottingham a move to the South West was undertaken in the year 2000. Working for a BAFRA member again Piers joined the team at Castle House Antique Restoration in Somerset. Undertaking restoration for some of the top dealers in the South West and London working on a wide variety of the finest antiques, the company also serviced the needs of several collections in stately homes in the area including Wardour Castle, Venn House and Wimborne St. Giles, home to the Earl of Shaftesbury. Piers also undertook conservation work for museums in the area, including the Holburne Museum and No. 1 The Royal Crescent in Bath.
After fifteen years at Castle House Antique Restoration in 2015 Piers has decided to branch out on his own again and has set up a business covering all aspects of restoration and conservation of antique furniture serving the Somerset area and beyond.