Before, during and after treatment.
The goal of this treatment was to restore the dutchesse
brisee (chaise lounge in two parts) for exhibition using
non-interventive upholstery conservation techniques for the
interpretation of a room restoration at
The Hyde Collection set at the period
when Mrs. Hyde lived in the house.
Much of the fabric was weakened with areas of loss, mostly due to light exposure. The cushions were especially deteriorated with large areas of loss and tears. Prior repairs had been made, some of which weakened the structure of the pieces.
Repairs were made to the chair and footrest's frame in order to stabilize them prior to cleaning. Next, the painted wood was cleaned. This removed an oily grime layer. Inpainting was performed as necessary and then painted surfaces were coated with a protective brown paste wax. The seats were supported with Plexiglas strips. Decorative nails were carefully removed and cleaned. The upholstered layers were all identified and separated with acid-free tissue in preparation for rehousing. All layers were vacuumed. A new show cover fabric was cut, placed and pinned onto the chair and then attached with the decorative nails into the original nail holes.