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The Art of Conservation


3 April – 1 November 2015

Harewood House Trust is home to one of the most important collections of Georgian furniture in Britain. Representing world famous furniture maker Thomas Chippendale’s biggest commission, Harewood has a significant number of pieces which we care for and protect. From the luxurious State Bed to the carved, wooden curtain pelmets in the Gallery, our conservators are responsible to slowing down the natural decay of time.

The Art of Conservation explored the challenges of protecting Harewood’s collection of furniture. With a focus on Chippendale, this exhibition revealed some of the techniques used by expert conservators to care for these rare and precious pieces. Visitors learnt about how the team check the furniture’s condition, monitor light and heat levels and found out how they clean a precious object.