Crown Fine Art UK and Ireland gets London gallery renovation ready

September 22, 2014

Crown Fine Art recently assisted with the renovation of the Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London. The Gallery has now re-opened, welcoming members of the public to its tranquil and historic setting.

Guildhall Art Gallery

The Defeat of Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 1782 in situ

Established in 1886 as a “collection of treasures worthy of the capital city”, the Gallery is home to the art collection of the City of London Corporation. The collection contains works dating from 1670 to the present day, including seventeenth-century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and a fascinating range of paintings documenting London’s dramatic history. Visit the City of London website for more information.

Following the installation of bright, LED lighting, members of the public will see each treasure in greater detail. The renovation program also featured the introduction of a new Heritage Gallery.

While the renovations took place, Crown Fine Art’s role was to successfully move, protect and conserve pieces of art and artefacts in the Gallery space.

Special Projects Manager, Michael Festenstein, comments: “It was a complicated and sensitive job. One very large painting by John Singleton Copley - one of the largest easel paintings in Britain at almost 8m by 7m - was simply too big to move out of the room.

Instead, we had to protect it in situ. This was done by wrapping it in a dust-proof breathable membrane so there was no chance of mold or of pockets of moisture creeping in. Then we built a specially-designed crate around it. This was important because workmen would be working directly above the painting on the lighting rig.

It was also not possible to fix the crate to the wall or floor of the building, meaning we had to use the fittings behind the painting that were already in place; and all of this had to be done, of course, with real precision and care.”

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