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Posted in Conservation, Decorative Arts, Installation on August 11th, 2016

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The RRC conservation team recently undertook the restoration of gilt chippendale style mirror that had fallen from the wall of a private residence due to the failure of old fixings.  Miraculously, the glass mirror survived the fall, the giltwood frame, however, was not so lucky.  The type of damage the frame sustained can be seen in the images above, on the left.

The team at RRC meticulously pieced the frame, numbering close to 100 fragments, back together.  Areas of loss were filled, and recarved where necessary, and the repairs gilded and coloured to match the original finish in a process that took over two months.

The extensive damage to the frame meant that it could no longer support the weight of the large piece of mirror glass so, with the assistance of the RRC Exhibitions team, a discreet steel supporting frame was produced to take the weight of the glass and transfer it to the wall.  On completion, the mirror was reinstalled by our team, in it’s original position, as shown above on the right.

Posted in Conservation, Decorative Arts, Metalwork on August 16th, 2013

Hepworth John lewis 2Richard Rogers Conservation have recently taken on the enviable project of restoring Barbara Hepworth’s Winged Figure, mounted on the John Lewis Building on Oxford Street, London. Having hung above one Britains busiest shopping street since the early sixties the nineteen foot sculpture has over the years been subjected to London’s heavy traffic fumes and weather and deserved to receive some expert conservation treatment.

In May 1961 Barbara was asked by John Lewis to design a sculpture for their London headquarters. They suggested the concept of the piece to ‘have some content that expresses the idea of common ownership and common interests in a partnership of thousand of workers’. And in 1962 the resulting Winged figure was created.

The piece was made in sections of sheet aluminium and its interesting surface texture achieved with the use of Isopon, a polyester resin filler often used in cars and boats.

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