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Described on the Icon website, the Conservation Register “…provides up-to-date information on who to go to for advice and expertise on the repair, restoration and care of valuable objects ranging from paintings to pottery to historic interiors and monuments, archaeology and archives to steam engines and sculpture.
Each practice selected for the Conservation Register completes a rigorous application process run by Icon and is led by a conservator-restorer who meets the standards required by their professional body.”
Colour chart for the 13 historic schemes found on the frame of the main door
During December and January, we were busy working with the National Trust to assess and record the decorative history of the door joinery of the Gothic Folly at the Wimpole Estate. The aim of the assessment was to establish how the external joinery of the main tower had been painted from its construction in 1772 to the present day.
The work was challenging; not only was the site bitterly cold, but the main door is missing, and paint research revealed that the lower door has been stripped of early finishes.
Through assessment of archival documentation and technical assessment of the paints, we were able to establish 13 decorative schemes on the main door frame. The paints were very degraded, but careful analysis of pigments, cross section assessment of the paint samples and painstaking uncovering tests, layer by layer, allowed us to chart all of the remaining schemes.
You can read more about the results on the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate blog here.
Welcome to the shiny, new website for Karen Morrissey Paint Research. It’s been a long time coming; over two-and-a-half years in the making!
I have been busy working on many wonderful projects since becoming an independent consultant in 2012. I will be posting more information about some of the interesting, beautiful and quirky places as time goes on.
I hope that you will find the information about our services useful; if you have a question about paint research, I’d love to hear from you.
Benefits of undertaking a considered and well planned campaign of architectural paint research include:
- By providing clarity at the beginning of a project, architectural paint research can allow planning and budgeting of conservation and restoration work
- Identification of technical issues with paint, such as latent incompatibility, performance and toxicity
- Contribution to long-term conservation management plan
- Underpinning options for conservation/ restoration
Enriching the interpretation of your site
- Enhancement of the recorded archaeology of a site
- Establishment of the chronology of decorative schemes
- Creation of a narrative of changes to the structure and related decorative schemes
- Evaluation of how changing fashion, economy and use of a heritage asset has impacted on the choice, quality and condition of decoration
- Interpretation of the significance of the schemes identified
- Dating of both paint schemes and architectural changes