During one of our recent Conservation in Action days, we focused our attention on the lovely satinwood chest of drawers in the Yellow Taffeta Bedroom. Continue reading
While condition checking and cleaning one of the lacquer cabinets in Mrs Child’s Dressing
Room, a couple of unwelcome visitors were discovered in a bottom drawer. A few woolly bears (no longer alive) were found amid a pile of suspicious looking fragments. The base of the lacquer drawer was also patterned with golden blooms that may have been a result of previous mould damage, or some sort of damage to the wood layer underneath the resin layers. All the other drawers and the shell of the cabinet were in great condition, so the discovery of the problematic drawer was completely unexpected and poses some interesting questions. Could the drawer have contained something which attracted the pests and caused the damage to the surface? Could this explain where the dust fragments we found came from? Continue reading
A Happy New Year from the team at Osterley. We all hope you had a good break. The house team have been back at work for almost a week now and have got stuck into continuing the Winter Clean. More about that next time but we thought we’d share with you some pictures of our housekeeping store which houses our essential equipment for cleaning Osterley House.
Before you view this last shot, please be warned, these are insect traps which we have collected from around the house, therefore you may spy an insect or two. Look away now if you cannot abide insects of any kind.
Oh, the glamour of the winter clean! Despite it being practically Christmas, the house team was still hard at it last week, cleaning antique dressers, drawers, moving chairs and even removing algae from the portico steps! It’s all part of the continuous effort to conserve Osterley and its collection as well as to prevent damage occurring in the future.
This is why Judith was furiously scrubbing away the algae from the portico steps, with her trusty bucket of water and brush on Thursday. Algae could be damaging to the steps because of the potential for erosion, not to mention a possible health and safety issue, so just like everything else, they needed a good clean too!
It really does make a difference!
This will be it now for the blog until the New Year, so Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!