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Armchair, before treatment with its 1970’s upholstery and blue paint

The Conservation of Marie Antoinette’s Chair

Zoe Allen, Senior Gilded Furniture and Frames Conservator Phil James, Technician, Technical Services This painted and gilded carved walnut chair is part of a suite of furniture made for Marie Antoinette’s Cabinet Particulier in the palace of Saint – Cloud outside of Paris. It was made by Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené (1748–1803) in 1788 and was painted […]

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A ‘Tragedie en Musique’ performed on 8th January 1685

Today in 1685 ‘Roland, tragédie en musique’’was first performed by the Académie Royale de Musique before King Louis XIV at Versailles. This 1685 publication of the libretto to ‘Roland, Tragedy in Music’ will feature in the new Europe Galleries as part of a display looking at musical performance in the 17th century. ‘Roland’ is one of […]

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Helping to ensure life and movement in the galleries, Harlequin invites you dance, play and perform with him

Help us ‘Masquerade’ at the Museum this week …

This week, visitors to the Museum will be able to take a sneak-peak at an exciting interactive being created for the new Europe 1600-1800 galleries. ‘The Masquerade’ is an interactive film, offering a fictional view of 18th-century Venice. By interacting with our mischievous guide Harlequin, visitors will be able to shadow the main characters as […]

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Born on This Day: Queen Christina of Sweden

This post will be taking a look at Christina, Queen of Sweden from 1633 to 1654, who was born today in 1626 (O.S. 8th December). The daughter of Gustav II Adolph (Gustav Adolphus of Sweden) and Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg; following her father’s death at the Battle of Lützen in 1632, Christina took the Swedish throne […]

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Are you sitting comfortably? – or, plumping up a 17th century Dutch cushion

With the weather getting that bit nippier out there, it’s rather nice to turn our thoughts to home comforts. However in this case it is the home comforts of a 17th century Dutch household. This tapestry cushion cover will feature in our Dutch Domesticity display. In 1648, after a long military struggle, the Dutch Republic […]

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Curating Crucifixes

On the festivities front it may be the wrong time of year for it, but we have recently been discussing how to display The Crucifixion. This wonderfully detailed ivory group will feature in one of our displays looking at Catholicism and, whilst others are deciding how to display their nativity scenes, we have been deciding how […]

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Born on This Day: Bernini – leading light of the Baroque

A prolific sculptor, architect, painter and draughtsman; Gianlorenzo Bernini was celebrated for his astonishing ability to produce ‘living’ marble sculpture. He is regarded today as the most important early exponent of the Italian Baroque style. Bernini was patronised by a succession of popes and other important patrons as a sculptor, an architect and a designer […]

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Born on This Day: Sophia Eleonore of Saxony (‘lover of books’)

Sophia Eleonore of Saxony (23 November 1609 – 2 June 1671) was a Duchess (Herzogin) of Saxony by birth. The daughter of John George I, Elector of Saxony and Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia, she was one of ten children. This charming wax portrait of her will be on display in the new Europe Galleries next year. Nothing is […]

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The King Vulture & White Gold

Listening to BBC iPlayer this week, Neil MacGregor from the British Museum reminded me of a vulture! I should quickly clarify that this is not some museum-rivalry based insult, but rather that I was enjoying listening to him in an episode from the series Germany: Memories of a Nation. In the episode Porcelain: The White Gold […]

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Selecting Furniture & Sculpture Part III

Suitable for Inclusion? – Some Practical Considerations So you’re a curator with your eye on an extraordinary, dazzling furniture or sculpture object (which perhaps handily belonged to someone famous!) that you would like to include in your galleries. Now you need to consider further practical aspects that might determine whether or not it is suitable […]

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