Furniture, James II, Knole, State bed, Studio life

Update on James II Bed 1688 from Knole, Kent

Since the Testers arrival last year we have been busy documenting its condition and previous treatments including the use of adhesive. This is starting to fail, become very hard and brittle with age and discoloured to dark brown from its use in the 1960s. Our first job was to remove this adhesive, not as easy… Continue reading Update on James II Bed 1688 from Knole, Kent

Studio life

A clean house is a happy house

Last week we went to Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk to clean the damask wall hangings in the Cabinet room. In 1751 the room, which was originally a drawing room, was remodelled to accommodate the Italian pictures Willian Windham II had acquired on his Grand Tour. These still hang very much, as he originally planned. During our… Continue reading A clean house is a happy house

Cotehele, Studio life, Tapestry

Leander’s journey through tapestry conservation

The tapestry, ‘Leander taking leave of his parents’ (c. 1660-90) has been at the Textile Conservation Studio in Norfolk since March 2015. The tapestry is currently having a stitched conservation treatment, having already undergone full documentation, adhesive removal and wet cleaning. Removal of the 1960’s adhesive patch treatment resulted in the exposure of large areas… Continue reading Leander’s journey through tapestry conservation

Studio life

A jolly to Jarrold Printing Museum

Last Thursday the Studio closed for the day so we could all enjoy our Christmas outing. But before we could indulge in a delicious Christmas lunch we visited the the John Jarrold Printing Museum in Norwich, beautifully located next to the river Wensum. The John Jarrold Printing Museum was founded in 1982 by the Jarrold family, who… Continue reading A jolly to Jarrold Printing Museum

Furniture, Knole, Spangled bed, State bed, Studio life

Topsy-Turvy Conservation – A Mexican adventure

Last month Senior Conservator Rosamund Weatherall went to Mexico to talk about the conservation treatment of the Spangled Bed from Knole in Kent. The presentation "Topsy-turvy conservation: consolidating and wet cleaning the embellished hangings from the Spangled Bed, Knole" was presented at the North American Textile Conservation Conference in Mexico City. The conference was a… Continue reading Topsy-Turvy Conservation – A Mexican adventure

Furniture, James II, Knole, State bed, Studio life

The return of the illusive orange caterpillars!

These caterpillars have been visiting the Studio on and off for the last fourteen years. They range in size and length but are always accompanied by a luxurious green ground and leave an orange trail wherever they go. They are in fact the silk trimmings from the James II Bed from Knole. The trimmings have… Continue reading The return of the illusive orange caterpillars!