Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Conservator Christopher Swan speaks at Charleston Museum on Oct. 17 as part of Drayton Hall series

Furniture's finer points

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 1:41 PM

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Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Senior Conservator of Wooden Artifacts Christoper M. Swan is a protector and champion of storied objects — without his and other conservators' expertise, many vestiges of history would be destroyed, leaving us to rely on best guesses.

Instead, we can learn, down to the smallest detail, every aspect of how people lived centuries ago. In the Williamsburg Dewitt Wallace Museum exhibit "A Rich and Varied Culture," there are decorative and historic objects on display from the Drayton family collection, including a Charleston clothespress and a British secretary bookcase. These objects will serve as starting points for a discussion on the theory and practice of studying and restoring objects for display. 

Next Tues. Oct. 17 at the Charleston Museum, Swan, who is also an associate member of the American Institute for Conservation, and the Virginia Conservation Association, will offer insight about managing the process of preservation in a museum setting in his talk entitled "Furniture Conservation: Some Finer Points." The event is free, with a wine and cheese reception starting at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required.

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