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Symposium on wood and furniture conservation

From: Boonstra Jaap <jaapboonstra>
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2004
The Mechanics of Furniture
Seventh International Symposium on Wood and Furniture Conservation
Stichting Ebenist
Stedelijk Museum CS Amsterdam
26-27 November 2004

The symposium takes place at:

    The Stedelijk Museum CS Amsterdam
    Oosterdokskade 5
    The Netherlands


Friday 26, 2004 November
Registration at  09.15 am
The symposium starts at 10.00 am.

    Word of welcome by a representative of the Stedelijk Museum CS.

    Devices of safety and security or games of risk and pleasure?
    Locks and mechanisms on eighteen-century French furniture.
        Carolyn Sargentson head of Research
        Victoria and Albert Museum, London UK

    A table de toilette by Jean Francois Leleu: a mechanical
    masterpiece. A case study of Leleu's mechanical inventions: the
    conservation and analysis of a table.
        Paul Tear
        MBE Courseleader Furniture Conservation and Restoration at
        BCUC, High Wycombe UK

    Recycling Roentgen furniture. From bureaudesk to table. How
    restoration brought to light the history of a work of genius
    made for Louis XVI.
        Michel Jamet
        Professor at L'institute Nationale du Patrimoine and private
        furniture restorer in Paris, France

    The Nelson Bed. How making a model of the Nelson bed resulted in
    a better understanding of this damaged piece of metamorphic
        Paul A. Ellis
        BSc (Hons) MA, London

    Sperm whale oil. The restoration of a set of sixteen door
    closures in Sligo Courthouse, Ireland with authentic materials.
        Sven Habermann
        Furniture conservator at Conservation and Restoration Centre
        Letterfrack, Ireland

    Runners for wooden drawers. How to make working parts of
    historic furniture capable of bearing Presentation of the
    results of reinforcing wooden runners with various synthetic
        Christian Fischer
        Furniture restorer at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin

    Panic Mechanics. How the deformation in a cylinder-bureau top
    caused despair in the workshop and the labourious process of
    reconstruction that followed.
        Joost Hoving
        Private furniture restorer at Hoving and Klusener Amsterdam,
        The Netherlands

    Mechanisms in roll-top desks made by Johannes Kroll. An
    extensive study of the mechanisms designed by the 18th century
    German cabinetmaker J.Kroll shed light on his methods and helped
    in restoring one of his rolltop desks.
        Thorsten Weil
        Dipl.Restaurator (FH) furniture and wooden objects at Weil
        and Partner, Fellbach, Germany

Saturday 27th of November, 2004
09.30 am reception
The symposium starts at 10.00 am.

    Locks and Keys throughout the ages. A general overview of the
    history and development of locks and keys, illustrated with
    examples from the collection of the Lips lockfirm.
        J. Luinge
        Senior advisor of Lips Museum for Keys and Locks in
        Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

    Turning the old handle. The conservation and maintenance of
    automatic musical instruments and clocks. Dr Haspels will give
    his views on renewal and performance of these objects within the
    museum "Van Speelklok tot Pierement"
        Dr. J.J.P.Haspels
        Director-curator at the National Museum Speelklok in
        Utrecht, Netherlands

    Clock restoration in an art museum. M. Guryev confronts the
    audience with the problems and dilemma's of a clock restorer
    working with a world-famous museum collection.
        Mikhail Guryev
        Head of the Clock and Musical Machine Restoration Lab.,
        Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg

    The Millennium Clock; Art and Artefact. The preventive
    conservation of a popular exhibit in the Royal Museum,
        Sarah Gerrish
        Furniture conservator at the National Museum of Scotland in

    A Furnished Clock or a piece of Furniture.
    As restorer with a private practice Mr. Spaander will illustrate
    the importance of collaboration between clock mechanics and
    furniture restorers and he comments on the highlights of the
    exhibition 'The Huygens Legacy'.
        Melgert Spaander
        Private conservator of clocks and musical boxes in Zutphen,
        The Netherlands

13.15  Departure of excursions

Excursion A

    Paleis Het Loo National Museum, Apeldoorn.

        'Huygens Legacy: The Golden Age of the pendulum clock'. A
        presentation of about ninety clocks made in the first fifty
        years after the invention of the pendulum clock, shown in
        palace Het Loo, from 1684 until 1972 the summer residence of
        the Dutch Royal family.

        Melgert Spaander will introduce the highlights of this
        exhibition in his lecture.

Excursion B

    Lips Locks Museum Dordrecht.  A seldom accessible unique
    collection of locks and keys. A guided tour will be given by Mr
    Luinge, senior advisor of the museum.

    Museum Simon van Gijn, The collections of an art collector in
    the original settings of a 18th  century house.

Excursion C

    Museum National Museum Speelklok, Utrecht. A museum collection
    of automatically playing musical instruments, clocks and
    dance-organs. A guided tour with demonstrations will be given by
    Dr. J.J.P. Haspels, director-conservator of the museum.

Registration: Please contact for registration forms:
jaapboonstra [at] ahm__amsterdam__nl

The registration fee is 175 Euros. Students pay a special fee of 150

Lunches, excursion and the postprints of the symposium are included.

Stichting Ebenist is supported by Stedelijk Museum CS Amsterdam,
Amsterdams Historisch Museum, Instituut Collectie Nederland and

Jaap Boonstra
Furniture conservator
Amsterdam Historical Museum

                  Conservation DistList Instance 18:20
                Distributed: Thursday, November 4, 2004
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Received on Sunday, 17 October, 2004

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