R. Sarah Mayfield

Sarah Mayfield is a building conservator, sculptor and ornamental plasterer. She works on heritage building projects providing condition surveys, repair and bespoke ornament.

All projects are individually researched, designed and managed in Sarah’s studio and on-site.

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Profile

Sarah has a considered and professional approach with breadth of experience in diagnosing and devising solutions for buildings in distress. A passionate love of figurative sculpture and attention to the nuances of various period styles has led her to become a highly skilled sculptor and ornamental plasterer. She is known in the heritage sector for producing faithful period ornament and surveys of ancient plasterwork.

Her early career was sculpting in theatre and film, then trained on-site practical building conservation and ornamental plasterwork. She wrote “The Influence of the Stuccatori on English Figurative Plasterwork” for her Master’s degree in Historic Building Conservation. The study looked at the place of artistic training in the plaster trades in two very different cultures and the impact on English plasterwork with the arrival of itinerant workers in the early 1700s. Following 7 years as a company director of an ornamental plastering firm she has returned to independent commissions and surveys.

She has lectured on historic materials and style at various universities and for the Institute of Conservators. Awarded projects include two RIBA awards, two Sussex Heritage awards and a Natural Stone award.

Projects include:

  • Rococo in Mayfair

    Client Private house
    Architect Blair Associates Architects
    Contractor 3interiors

    A rare opportunity to reinstate seven ceilings completely from scratch in 1740 rococo to two schemes drawn by the Georgian Architect Isaac Ware. The modelling and styling were by approval of English Heritage and all are now Grade I listed. Completed summer 2012.

  • Sir John Soane’s Museum

    Client Sir John Soane’s Museum
    Architect Julian Harrap Architects
    Contractor FWA/ EOP Ltd.

    The Tivoli Recess, a small room off the staircase of 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, was created by Sir John Soane in 1829-32 as a tiny gallery for contemporary sculpture. It was re-modelled in the late 19th century (when it lost its domed ceiling) and finally turned into a WC in 1918. As part of the first phase of the ‘Opening up the Soane’ (OUTS) project funded by the HLF and other generous donors, EOP Ltd was commissioned to recreate the missing plasterwork based on the watercolour views made by Soane’s students during his lifetime. Sarah engineered and created all the plaster ornament to fit onto the quarto-vaulted ceiling except Apollos face which was copied from an example in the museum’s collection. The new pieces included eagles, twisted snakes, acanthus leaves, layered tapered sun rays and ribbon twists. Summer 2012.
    Photo: Lewis Bush, reproduced by courtesy of the Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum

  • Wotton House, Bucks

    Client Private House
    Contractor Direct to client

    The tribune at Wotton House is a triumph of Sir John Soane’s interior architecture and the final phase of two generations of dedicated restoration. The angels are a scaled copy of those at Soane’s own home in London with the inclusion of a portrait of April Gladstone, the client’s wife, who sadly passed away during the modelling stage. Spring 2014.

  • Café Royal

    Client Café Royal Hotel & Crown Estate
    Contractor Paye Restoration

    A finishing touch to the restoration of Cafe Royal on London’s Regent Street. These backstays were designed, engineered and modelled by Sarah to be sand cast in iron and lost wax brass to stabilise an extended handrail. Design by approval of the Crown Estate and English heritage. Autumn 2014.

  • Artillery Lane

    Client Ravens Row Gallery
    Architect 6A Architects
    Contractor EOP Ltd

    Restoration of two 1722 Spitalfields houses included the recreation of this swagwork originally in papier-mâché. Style and pattern sourced from 1970s pre fire photos and other surviving fragments. Spring 2006. Photo by kind permission of 6A architects.

  • Japanese fish fountain

    Client Private House, Kensington Palace Gardens, London
    Contractor EOP Ltd

    One fish tail was missing from this fountain carved from marble with quite specific characteristics. The client required a seamless fit so rather than carve the piece in a similar marble it was built in blends of marble flours and a very thin resin to match the translucency and grains of the original material. Summer 2006. The first of 4 sculptures restored for this client.

  • Mimi

    Client CPD project

    Modelled for the joy of figurative sculpture and skill cultivation.

  • St. Martin-in-the-Fields

    Client St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London
    Contractor Paye Restoration

    Condition survey of the plasterwork and small area remodelled to this historic ceiling dating from 1724 by the Stuccatori, who were the subject of Sarah’s Masters thesis. Autumn 2014.

  • Institute of Civil Engineers

    Client One Great George Street
    Contractor Richard Rogers Conservation Ltd.

    Condition survey of 8 fibrous plaster ceilings c.1912 in London’s 2nd steel framed building. Summer 2014.

  • Rococo in Mayfair

    Client Private house
    Architect Blair Associates Architects
    Contractor 3interiors

    A rare opportunity to reinstate 7 ceilings completely from scratch in 1740 rococo to two schemes drawn by the Georgian Architect Isaac Ware. The modelling and styling were by approval of English Heritage and all are now Grade I listed. Completed summer 2012.

  • Draftsmanship

    Many projects start on the drawing board to propose appropriate design or realise client ideas.

Contact

Please contact to see how Sarah can assist your project. All contracts are personally surveyed, designed and realised either on site or in her own studio.

R. Sarah Mayfield MSC APC
sarah@sculptress.net
+44 (0)7968 430240