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Make Do and Mend?

By Emma Philip, Curator of Fine Art When the ‘big one’ was taken apart for conservation, we found this wooden Oxo crate had been sawn up and used to repair the underside of two of the lower units.  We don’t know for sure, but it is feasible that these additions date from the initial transfer […]

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Wood From All Over the World

By Emma Philip, Curator of Fine Art The large bookcase (actually a pair of two bookcases originally – see below), was made in 1757 by Thomas Wood of London.  Each of the lower cabinet doors is veneered, inside and out, with rare specimen veneers from all over the globe. Over time and with changes in […]

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On the Road

By Emma Philip, Curator of Fine Art At the end of September I visited the workshops at Tankerdale’s base in Hampshire to meet the rest of the team and see for myself the large bookcase undergoing conservation treatment.  Here is Robin from Tankerdale, hard at work on the veneered cabinet doors (and of which more […]

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Our latest addition to the Collection…

By Emma Philip, Curator of Fine Art Meet Becky.  Becky has kindly volunteered her time to carry out some of the evaluation work surrounding this project.  We want to know what you think of the Cottonian Gallery, particularly the work we have done in redisplaying and interpreting the furniture throughout this past year. Becky will […]

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Meet the Experts!

By Emma Philip, Curator of Fine Art Don’t forget, you can soon hear all about the Cottonian Historic Furniture Project from two experts who have played a key role. On Tuesday October 22 at 1.10pm, Dr Adam Bowett will talk about his research into the furniture, its makers and many exotic specimen woods.  Click here […]

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The Plaque is Back!

by Emma Philip, curator of Fine Art One of the 10 items conserved as part of this project is our rosewood occasional table made around 1825. We haven’t yet got to the bottom of how it entered the Cottonian Collection, but its date would suggest that it was one of William Cotton III’s purchases, perhaps […]

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The Big One’s Little Mystery

By Emma Philip, curator of Fine Art Following on from my last post, once we’d finally managed to clear all 300+ books out of the largest bookcase, Allan and Chris from Tankerdale set about dismantling it into its 16 sections; eight glazed top units and eight low cabinets with veneered doors. When they got to […]

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All Change Please…

By Emma Philip, curator of Fine Art On Monday 29th July we began work on the biggest changeover of furniture yet in the Cottonian Gallery.  The biggest bookcase in the collection, wittily christened as ‘The Big One’ to those of us on the project team, was off to conservation at Tankerdale. ‘The Big One’ contains […]

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Say Hello and Wave Goodbye

By Emma Philip, Curator of Fine Art This week the second batch of furniture arrived back from conservation treatment at Tankerdale; one of Charles Rogers’ bookcases, and the ‘Canterbury’ Cabinet. Before we could dispatch the next items of furniture for conservation, we obviously had to remove all the books stored in them and take the […]

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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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