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About Jane Knapp

Jane came to Bath when her father took up a post at the Admiralty offices after a distinguished career as an engineer in the Royal Navy, saving the fleet millions with his ingenious fuel saving modifications. A favorite Saturday morning excursion was with his daughter visiting engineering suppliers and metal stock holders collecting material for home projects.
We still use and airtight cake tin that he produced from a flat sheet of tin stock with perfect folded seams
in his garage workshop.

While growing up her natural talent for drawing secured her a place at a special "Art School" where she learnt painting, welding, costume design, lettering and various hand skills before embarking on a career as a set painter and signwriter.

Historic Floor Coverings

A growing interest in the historical use of paint in interiors coincided with the opportunity of a commission from English Heritage to recreate the painted floor coverings of the grade 1 listed 18C Gothic Chapel at Audley End in Essex, once the largest house in England.
The commission was a huge undertaking and the completed "oil cloths" then had to be fitted around the listed pews and church furniture.

The project was a great success and drew admiration from all who understood the complexities of achieving a result in the spirit of the original.
Subsequent commissions included oil cloths for the Captain and Officers' cabins aboard HMS Warrior, the first British ironclad warship, and the entrance hall at Paxton House in Northumberland.


Not surprisingly given her family's engineering background, her brother had followed her father into naval engineering, Jane turned to modelling her own lighting designs to give the mood effects she required for her interior design projects. Initially her lighting was completely bespoke, but small production runs have provided flexibility while retaining the handmade character and finish of her portfolio of designs including an innovative collection of natural leaf form sconces rendered in polished copper and bright nickel.

Paint Effects

Besides historic floor coverings, Jane has completed considerable trompe l'oeil and paint finish work from wood graining and marbling effects to fantasy skies and landscapes. Her commissions have included the mahogany and walnut graining for a suite of rooms at Hoares Bank, Fleet Street and paint finishes and marbling for the top floor of one wing of Longleat House, Wiltshire.


While establishing her lighting and painting concerns, Jane was also busy styling the showrooms and creating room sets to display the architectural antiques which we sold through my business, Walcot Reclamation.
She also created what was then a new kind of decorator's resource. For some time we had found it difficult to source the quantities of period hardware and decorative accessories our clients' projects required, so to meet that need "The Repro Shop" was born as a department in the Victorian builders' yard in Walcot Street.
As far as possible items were sourced from British manufacturers many of whom were still operating in the industrial heart of England.
Sadly this internationally renowned business closed its doors for the last time in 2009. However, many product lines from the shop can be found in the Furniture and Architectural Hardware sections of this website and we can still supply some architectural antique items, notably grates and chimneypieces.

Chatham Row Showroom

Jane is still involved with interior design projects and offers a truly bespoke service. Her great strength is her ability to listen to clients and then to create a collaborative solution to a variety of interiors sourcing fabrics, hardware and creating paint effects.

We are based in central Bath and welcome enquiries and appointments to view Jane's lighting collection, discuss a bespoke oak furniture design or commission a wall or ceiling in trompe l'oeil.

Rick Knapp