Conservation of the headboard and valances of George I Bed, Houghton Hall
English state bed decorated with embroidered and cord quilted fine linen.
Stabilize for continued open display in a historic house.
Condition before treatment
Condition of all textile elements, overall good; some exposed surfaces of the headboard had been abraided; worn holes through top linen layer revealed the quilting cord.
Undertaken on site at historic house. Following surface cleaning all loose threads were secured with a combination of stitching and adhesive techniques. The lower headboard received a full stitched suppport.
Condition after treatment
Following treatment, previously loose quilting cord was more stable; the quilted design was more decipherable as a result of cord reailgnment.
Reproduced courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton. Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton © 2009.
Kate Gill, Project manager & conservator
Treatment completed 2005