In the Wallace Collection Conservation Galleries, the conservation department look to highlight their work to care for the collection and promote a wider understanding of conservation projects.
April – September 2016 the display is experimenting with a fund raising appeal, specifically to conserve one object from the Collection:
A Conservation Appeal: Help Conserve an English Armchair
There are relatively few examples of English furniture in the Wallace Collection but one of the most spectacular is an eighteenth-century carved giltwood armchair in the Kentian style.
However the chair’s current condition prohibits it from being on display. Although attempts have been made in the past to preserve the fragile carved and gilded surface of the frame and the delicate sections of upholstery, the condition has since decayed still further. Urgent treatment is now required to stabilise the chair.
This display looks to raise awareness of what is required of museums when caring for objects and why money is needed for conservation projects. We are putting the chair on view to launch an appeal to raise the money needed for this important treatment, which will conserve the artwork for future generations.
The full text panels from the display, detailing the condition surveys and treatment proposals are available to download below. The display will continue at the Wallace Collection until the end of September 2016.
Jon Slight, Wallace Collection assistant conservator and G&DSG committee member.