By Emma Philip, Curator of Fine Art

With grant funding from the Designation Development Fund, we are commissioning professional photography of all the historic pieces of furniture after they return from conservation treatment.  This is to create a really great set of archive photographs for our catalogue, and also to ensure that we have them ready to go for interested curators and researchers in the future.

We are really grateful to Guy Channing for his work today.  Here he is in the line of duty, crawling on the Cottonian Gallery floor to get the best shot of the beautifully carved feet on Charles Rogers’ sarcophagus cabinet.

Guy gets in close to shoot the feet

Guy gets in close to shoot the feet

Closeup of the sarcophagus cabinet foot (Photograph by Guy Channing)

Closeup of the sarcophagus cabinet foot (Photograph by Guy Channing)

Guy also took shots of our Antwerp cabinet.  The cabinet holds slim drawers lined with coloured papers and silks, which were specially fitted into the original drawers in the eighteenth century.  For conservation and security reasons we can’t have the drawers out on display, so Guy’s photographs will be an important record of the cabinet’s interior.

Photographing the Antwerp cabinet

Photographing the Antwerp cabinet

If you would like to take a look inside the Antwerp cabinet, join us for an ‘Art Bite’ on Wednesday 15th January 2014 – keep your eye on our website for further details nearer the time!