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Subject: Displaying tapestries

Displaying tapestries

From: Mark H. Esser <esser>
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2000
I am interested in information and opinions on the idea of using a
large display case, with a self contained environmental control
system, for the exhibit of tapestries.  The case would be mounted in
a stone tower which is heated in the winter but has no other climate
control. Installing an HVAC system in the tower itself has been
deemed prohibitively expensive.  Light levels in the tower are low
and are not a concern.

Tapestries were displayed in this space until about ten years ago.
Greater understanding of  the harm being done by the tower's
uncontrolled environment led to their removal.  The tapestries in
question are 17th century Flemish, approximately 11ft. x 18ft.  They
are currently stored and displayed in the excellent conditions of
the art museum on campus.    There is, nevertheless, a strong desire
among many in the university community to see them mounted in the
tower once again.

An obvious concern is that such a display case would be an eyesore.
Beyond that, does the idea have enough merit to warrant
consideration? Has it been done anywhere else?  How would we locate
someone with the expertise to construct it?

Mark Esser
Book Conservator
John J. Burns Library
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

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