A glowing future for Croome’s chimneypieces
Conservation work at the mansion house at Croome continues to ensure visitors can enjoy it’s treasures for years to come thanks to a generous donation.
The work was carried out as part of the ongoing upkeep of the property which welcomes visitors to see ‘conservation in action’ throughout the year.
“It was great for visitors to be able to see the conservation work being undertaken in front of them and chat to Cliveden. Conservation of these, and many other important pieces at Croome, is essential so that visitors can enjoy them for many years to come.” said Amy Forster-Smith, Croome’s Visitor Experience Manager.
The Court houses approximately 30 surviving fireplaces including two decorative chimneypieces designed by the celebrated 18th century neoclassical architect and designer Robert Adam. Both pieces are fine examples of the ‘Adam’ decorative style with a mix of white statuary, white carrara and sienna marbles.
Cliveden Conservation were enlisted to repair damaged elements and refresh the pieces which are major focal points with the house. The work was made possible by the Findlay Legacy administered by the Worcester & Malvern National Trust Centre.
Over a two-week period, Cliveden Conservation carefully cleaned and repaired the 18th century marble chimneypieces within the saloon. Work included repointing, filling cracks and stabilising any loose or broken elements. A major focus of the project was the restoration of the inlaid sienna marble which forms a ‘Greek key’ design on the hearths.
Douglas Carpenter, Senior Conservator at Cliveden Conservation, has been leading the project to restore these stunning pieces to their original splendour; “It is an honour to work on a Robert Adam chimneypiece, they are just beautiful and create a stunning focal point within a room. It has also been a pleasure to be at Croome Court and to engage with visitors, this interaction really adds to the enjoyment of our work and makes it even more satisfying.”