Cottonian Furniture Project Update 2

By Emma Philip, Curator – Fine Art

Today the first two pieces of furniture went off to conservation in the capable hands of John and Andy from Tankerdale.

 Our tortoiseshell cabinet was first carefully padded and wrapped for transit to ensure that its many drawers stayed in place, and its delicate inlays were not damaged.  It is a heavy piece and had been displayed stacked on top of the wave-fronted cabinet, so lifting it off and away was a delicate process.

John and Andy preparing the tortoiseshell cabinet for transit
John and Andy preparing the tortoiseshell cabinet for transit

The top of the wave-fronted cabinet was then revealed for the first time in many years.  As you can see from the photo, it has a very beautiful but very damaged set of decorative veneers on the top.  These were a surprise find, and leave us with the question of whether after treatment we should cover it up with the tortoiseshell cabinet again, or re-organise the gallery so that we can show it to our visitors.

John from Tankerdale takes a closer look at the newly-revealed decoration on the top of our wave front cabinet
John from Tankerdale takes a closer look at the newly-revealed decoration on the top of our wave front cabinet

Mind the Gap!
Friday 3rd December

As you can see from the photo below, our Cottonian Gallery is now looking a little different without some of its historic furniture in place.  I have written a panel to explain what is going on to our visitors, and after a bit of work in our design studio, I hope to have that on the wall soon.

Empty wall where there was furniture
Empty wall where there was furniture!
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