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Cabinets of Curiosity

By Emma Philip, Curator of Fine Art On 12th June we held the second of two ‘Art Bites’ on the project.  I gave a group of our visitors a verbal update on the latest findings from project and showed them the inside of some of our newly-conserved cabinets.  Here are two of our visitors taking […]

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Lights, Camera, Action…

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 […]

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From Naples to Antwerp

By Emma Philip, curator of Fine Art For a long time the Museum had catalogued the Cottonian collector’s cabinet as being of Italian origin.  New research commissioned as part of this project now tells us that it is probably from Antwerp and made around 1670.  South American exotic woods such as snakewood, rosewood and princes […]

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A Nice Pair of Legs!

Before conservation, our tortoiseshell cabinet was displayed stacked on top of another piece of furniture with a small oak box on top of it.  Examples of similar cabinets still in existence tell us that originally the tortoiseshell cabinet would have stood alone and had its own stand.   As part of this project, the Museum […]

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What a difference!

Monday 8th April was a very exciting day in the Cottonian Gallery.  We accepted return delivery of our first two pieces of furniture from treatment at Tankerdale.  As you can see from the photos, the tortoiseshell collector’s cabinet and the wave-front cabinet have been transformed. Click on the thumbnails for larger images. Thanks to the […]

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Dr. Bowett’s visit

Back in early February Dr Adam Bowett, one of the UK’s foremost experts in historic furniture, came to look at the furniture held within the Cottonian Collection.  After spending a day investigating from the inside out, he had many interesting observations to share with us – not least, the ‘wood of death’. A New Pair […]

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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 […]

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Cottonian Furniture Project Update 1

By Emma Philip, Curator – Fine Art First piece off to conservation 30 November 2012 Here is a photo of the inside of our wonderful tortoiseshell cabinet.  This will be first piece that goes off to conservation next week along with our wavefront cabinet. The inside of our collector’s cabinet Time for some evaluation 29 […]

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