Newly conserved Arts & Crafts gem on display for the first time
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Newly conserved Arts & Crafts gem on display for the first time
Conservation in progress © Kate Gill.

KENDAL.- A century old Arts & Crafts chair once sold at iconic Liberty & Co of London has gone on display at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House.

The magnificent Liberty chair, manufactured around 1900, is a significant new acquisition generously donated to Blackwell from a private collection.

The chair’s fabric was designed by the Silver Studio, one of the most influential textile design studios in Britain between 1880 until the mid-twentieth century.

Probably designed by Harry Napper, the piece retains its original Liberty & Co upholstery.

When Blackwell received the chair in 2017 it was in need of careful conservation to the fabric and underlying structure to enable it to go on display.

Specialist textile and upholstery conservator Kate Gill was brought in to assess the condition of the chair and plan a five-week conservation strategy.

Liberating History: Conserving the Liberty Chair is an exhibition which runs until 9 June at Blackwell. It looks at painstaking processes behind its conservation. After 9 June, the chair will then go on permanent display in one of the downstairs rooms at Blackwell.

Kate Gill said: “I’ve been a practising conservator for many years. Occasionally you come across something that’s really quite special. When I realised the Liberty chair had so much of its original features I got very excited and wanted to work on it.

“I had to devise techniques to give the chair the support it needed without disturbing the original. It was very challenging - at times it was a bit like keyhole surgery.

“My aim was to preserve what had survived, rebuild the seat using conservation techniques and then make the chair stable enough to go on open display.

“I’m very pleased with outcome. It is a beautiful Arts & Crafts chair and it fits in so perfectly at Blackwell.”

Blackwell curator, Chelsea Eves, said: “This chair is beautiful and is a major acquisition for Lakeland Arts. It is remarkable for a piece of this age to retain its original upholstery.

“When we received the chair it was in need of essential conservation work. We were delighted to work with Kate who has done a magnificent job to ensure that the chair can be enjoyed by visitors to Blackwell for generations to come.”

Today's News

May 10, 2019

Migrant death ship to be shown at Venice art fair

Christie's announces highlights included in the spring sales of American Art

Christie's to offer 'The Collection of Drue Heinz: Townhouses in London and New York'

Scientists prove gold purifying process used in medieval West Africa works

French village offers reward to decipher its 'Rosetta Stone'

Zapata sets print record for Diego Rivera at $45k

Three acquisitions announced for the Van Gogh Museum collection

New Zealand's pavilion opens in Venice with Dane Mitchell's 'Post hoc'

The first Apple Computer leads 'On the Shoulders of Giants: Making the Modern World' at Christie's online

Collection of Lalique and other glass masterworks now open for bidding on the iGavel Auctions platform

Map of first lunar landing site signed by Apollo 11 navigator up for sale at £7500

Art Gallery of Ontario makes bold new pricing changes

A 118 year old London to Brighton veteran for sale with H&H Classics

Hales London opens a solo exhibition of Frank Bowling's most recent paintings

Pussy Riot member, six others, arrested in Moscow: spokeswoman

Martos Gallery opens exhibition of works by Math Bass, Edith Baumann, Lindsay Burke, and Anne Neukamp

Havana's Chinatown dreaming of a new lease on life

MOCA announces the appointment of Mia Locks as Senior Curator and Head of New Initiatives

Newly conserved Arts & Crafts gem on display for the first time

LiveAuctioneers partners with eBay to bring unique fine art, antiques and collectibles inventory to buyers

Leading artists shine at TEFAF New York Spring 2019

Priest's Rosary from Parkland Hospital in Dallas among Kennedy items sold at auction

Mrs Thatcher Part III: 100% sold, realising $1,415,163

Bright and colorful painting by American artist Hunt Slonem sells at Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers auction

The Best Solution for the FaceBook Hacking

The summary of the forehead with contouring chest

The Best Marketing Strategies for Blockchain Companies

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful