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RAE 2008

Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design

replica of a gothic Bentley chair, designed for Sir Robert Walpole's house, Chelsea

replica William Hallett sofa

the Great Parlour, in watercolour


JCAMD students work on major restoration project

Furniture Restoration students from the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design have produced sofas for HoraceWalpole’s House in Strawberry Hill as part of a major restoration programme. The students conducted extensive research into the construction and upholstery techniques of 18th Century Furniture, and used prints from the period to calculate the size of the William Hallet sofas before creating the detailed replicas. The two completed sofas will take pride of place in the restored Great Parlour of Strawberry Hill, which was built by Horace Walpole between 1747 and 1797. Students from the department have previously created a replica of a gothic Bentley chair designed for the house, and the Strawberry Hill trust hope that their links with the Department will continue to create similar projects. Michael Upton, Academic Leader at the Department said, " We are delighted to be associated with such a significant ‘live’ restoration project. The students have produced work of an extremely high quality to an exacting brief- there is no better preparation for a career in the industry."
read more about this project on the Friends of Strawberry Hill website

10 September 2007

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