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Conservation & Restoration

Decorative Effects were asked by the appointed conservators Humphries and Jones to reinstate and restore the eighteenth century neo-classical murals on the gallery staircase at Boconnoc House, Cornwall.


Boconnoc House is a listed property set in probably the largest garden in Cornwall. Its history goes back to the 11th century. The present owners are in the process of restoring the interior of the house and Decorative Effects were asked by the appointed conservators Humphries and Jones to reinstate and restore the eighteenth century neo classical murals on the gallery staircase. Our point of reference came from some recently discovered images of the walls and ceiling paintings taken back in the 1960's. While carrying out the work further evidence was found at The British Library Add 69176 - in The Dropmore Papers which mentions the neo classical murals which were probably originally created between 1769 and 1770. It suggests that the entry was made by Thomas Pitt who was made Baron Camelford in 1784. The first phase of the project started in 2011 and the final stage of the project was completed in February 2012. It was an enjoyable project.

 
"The restoration of the painted grisailles work on the staircase at Boconnoc in Cornwall was a major undertaking. I am full of admiration for the way it has been undertaken with sensitivity and skill. It has been a triumph and was one of the main reasons that the house was awarded the Historic Houses Association/ Sotheby's Restoration of the Year Award in 2012."
James Stourton, former Chairman, Sotheby's UK
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