We are thrilled that restoration of the four statues in the Georgian Eating Room will begin next week!
Instead of shipping the statues off for their restoration, this summer we have the wonderful team from Cliveden Conservation coming to Pitzhanger to restore the statues in the Manor itself.
The statues in the Eating Room date back to Sir John Soane’s time. In his day, the statues were painted to resemble bronze and carried oil lamps. These were probably Argand lamps, a fairly new invention of the time. The lamps used purified sperm-whale oil, and burned more brightly and cleanly than candles or other oil lamps. You can see what the statues looked like in 1832 in the watercolour by C. J. Richardson above.
Over the next few weeks all four statues will be restored to their intended colour and the fourth statue (which has been too damaged to be on display) will be mended and reunited with her sisters.There will be the opportunity to come and view this work in progress at Pitzhanger and hear from the expert team at Cliveden.
Join one of our manor restoration tours on Wednesday, Friday & Sunday at 11am to find about more about this process.
Follow us on social media @Pitzhanger to learn more about this exciting project.
Find out more about Cliveden Conservation here.