There is a house in Holland…
There is a house in Loenen
Color & Conservation
We do not know the exact date yet. But our colleague Willianne van der Sar from Color & Conservation is investigating this. She took paint samples. She examines the layer structure and the pigments. This makes the past of this beautiful room visible.
The history of the handpainted historical wallpaper
There is a lot of history to read on the wallpaper! Multiple format adjustments. Because the sheets are sewn together, and you see little patches here and there. They look like inset pieces. And yet it seems that the pattern continues. This is due to the overpainting and adjustments.
The damage of the handpainted historical wallpaper
Investigate the possibilities for recovery
Fortunately, we are allowed to come and see and test the historical wallpaper. How can we best repair the damage without harming the object? That is why research is the first step. Raise a lot of questions, talk about them, and look closely and make discoveries. Which materials have been used? Has a primer been applied? How is the paint composition, what is original, and what is addition or adjustment? It is a puzzle with many pieces, and maybe some pieces can not be found.
The approach to the restoration of the handpainted historical wallpaper
All findings of the historical wallpaper and photos will be processed in a report and proposal for restoration. In it, we describe not only the actions that we want to perform. We certainly also describe the technique and the material used. Even aging and damages are discussed. All proposed actions will be substantiated with why and how. This substantiation is very important. In this way, we give the client insight into our expertise and our ethics. We want to inform them as fully as possible what the possibilities are for restoring this beautiful flowery room.
Marjan de Visser is currently writing an artic