Conservation of the headboard and valances of George I Bed, Houghton Hall

Description

English state bed decorated with embroidered and cord quilted fine linen.

Client brief

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.

Treatment

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.

Acknowledgements

Reproduced courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton. Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton © 2009.

[TCC 2278]

Kate Gill, Project manager & conservator

Treatment completed 2005

 Detail of the headboard, before conservation

Detail of the headboard, before conservation

 Kate Gill in the process of conserving the lower headboard

Kate Gill in the process of conserving the lower headboard

 Detail of the headboard, after conservation

Detail of the headboard, after conservation

 Upper valance; detail of the fringe and hangers following surface cleaning

Upper valance; detail of the fringe and hangers following surface cleaning

 Upper valance; detail of embroidered Chinoiserie designs following surface cleaning

Upper valance; detail of embroidered Chinoiserie designs following surface cleaning