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Exhibition | Tables from the Great Gallery of The Wallace Collection

Posted in exhibitions, lectures (to attend) by Editor on October 30, 2014

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Pier table, Italy, ca. 1770 (London: The Wallace Collection)
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Now on at The Wallace:

Collaboration, Conservation and Research: Furniture from the Great Gallery
The Wallace Collection, London, 19 September 2014 — 27 September 2015

Two pairs of monumental tables have been on display in the Great Gallery for more than a century. The recent Great Gallery refurbishment project provided the perfect opportunity for all four tables to undergo full cleaning and conservation treatment. To address the treatment needs of the tables, the Wallace Collection teamed up with Buckingham New University, City and Guilds of London Art School and West Dean College and several students undertook the work as an integral part of their degree course. Now, some two years later, the tables have returned from treatment and look stunning in their former locations, much as they would have looked in Sir Richard Wallace’s day.

During the course of their treatment conservators and curators were able to analyse the tables forensically, discovering, for example, that the two in the centre of the gallery (F510-511) are not in fact a pair, instead one is a later copy of the other. To learn more about our new findings, as well as the techniques which the students used in their conservation work on these and the pair of pier tables (F514-515), come and visit the display from 19 September in the Conservation Gallery at the Wallace Collection.

T A L K S

All talks start at 1pm in the Conservation Gallery.

Monday, 22 September: John Slight, a former student from Bucks New University, will discuss the treatment of a grand nineteenth-century Italian table.

Monday, 20 October: Hans Thompson, a former student from City and Guilds of London Art School, will discuss the treatment of the Italian eighteenth-century Pier table.

Thursday, 20 November: Kate Aughey, a former student from West Dean College, will discuss the treatment of the Italian eighteenth-century Pier table.

Monday, 8 December: Dr. Marina Sokhan, Head of Conservation at City and Guilds of London Art School, will discuss the treatment of the Italian eighteenth-century Pier table as well as the conservation course at City and Guilds of London Art School.

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