Monday, July 1, 2019

Restoration of the Doddington Hall Tapestries

From The Lincolnite:
The tapestries are important for two reasons. Firstly, the way they were chopped up and nailed to the walls like wallpaper, is very unusual. Normally tapestries were woven to fit panels and treated like a painting within a decorative scheme.

Secondly, the Doddington tapestries are very rare examples of the coarser, every day tapestries which were made in large quantities but not cherished and looked after like their more finely stitched and expensive counterparts. While more of the expensive, fine tapestries survived, there are few examples like those at Doddington.

Claire said: “We’re so excited to be able to unveil the newly conserved tapestries. We took an unusual approach in doing the work in full view of our visitors, but it was worth it; visitors have been fascinated and they, along with us, the conservators, funders, volunteers are all thrilled to see the result.

“As owners and guardians of the Hall our focus is always on the upkeep, maintenance and preservation of the house and estate for the future and this project has helped show visitors just what this involves.” (Read more.)

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