Inspired by Knole is a £19.8million building and conservation project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to preserve the buildings and collections at Knole and open new spaces to visitors. As part of this project we have been working closely with the property to conserve various large textile objects.
We have been working on the continued conservation of two State beds the late 17th-century James II bed and early 17th-century Spangled bed, involving complex treatments of the numerous component parts.
Both these projects are due for completion in 2018.
Conservation of the Spangled Bed
With the fabric dating from 1621, the conservation of the Spangled Bed at Knole is a very delicate operation and is involving many of our conservation team. The bed is made of crimson sateen with applique in cloth of gold, cloth of silver and decorated with metal threads, purls and covered in thousands of gold and silver spangles (similar to sequins). The curtains aslo have a crimson and white damask lining.
The conservation has been a very delicate process, including securing back on all the spangles!
As part of the Inspired by Knole project we have previously completed other textile conservation treatments.
These have included:
Treatment to the Caffoy stamped wool velvet curtains and pelmet from the Kings Room at Knole undertaken at the studio.