Alex Schouvaloff

Alex Schouvaloff is a specialist in conservation of decorative surfaces, with extensive experience in lacquer and japanning.

His work has included:

  • Restoration of Cistercian Charter house, Padua, Italy
  • Colin Piper Furniture Conservation, Near Witney, Oxon
  • Frame Restoration Workshop of National Maritime Museum
  • Lacquer consultant for West Dean College
  • Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University (Restoration & Conservation)



  • Japanning displays for Colchester Museum Service and the Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Selected Clients: Sir Anthony Bamford; Bank of England; Barbican Arts Centre; Colefax & Fowler; Courtauld Institute; Foundling Museum; Geffrye Museum; Haynes Motor Museum; Hatfield House; Maggs Brothers; June & Tony Stone Antique Boxes; Royal Artillery Museum



  • ‘Notes on the Ethics of Cleaning and Retouching a Japanned Clock case in the Context of a Commercial Conservation Practise’ (UKIC Conservation News, March 1997)
  • ‘A Hypothetical Study of Problems Associated with Scientific Analysis, with Particular Reference to Japanned Clock Cases’ (UKIC Conservation News, July 1997)
  • ‘Treatment Options for Japanned Surfaces’ (UKIC Conservation News, November 1997)
  • ‘How to Look After Antique Furniture’ (Guide Magazine, September 1997)
  • ‘Notes on Japanning’ (UKIC Conservation News, July 2000)
  • ‘Is it acceptable for Western Conservators to use Urushi for the restoration and conservation of Lacquer Objects?’ (ICON News, In Practice, January 2007)
  • ‘The Geffrye Museum’s Blue Japanned Corner Cabinet’ (ICON News, In Practice, July 2007)

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