Our team features on U.K. prime time televisionOctober 6, 2015
The London Crown Fine Art team has starred on BBC’s “All Change at Longleat” television series, safely moving priceless artworks in one of the biggest renovations at the stately home for decades.
The documentary, which follows Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, as he takes the reins at the prestigious Longleat estate, sees our team handling 58 priceless and very heavy Old Masters as part of a grand staircase renovation.
During the program, despite the challenges posed by the project, House Steward Jeff Goodby comments: “We’ve got some of the best art handlers in the country, so I’ve got absolute confidence.”
Goodby is then seen working alongside our team, carefully lowering a large John Wootton painting which had previously been untouched for 30 years. In a tricky manoeuvre, involving scaffolding and a protective custom-made frame, the painting successfully reaches its destination.
Longleat Curator Dr Kate Harris emphasised the pressure and the rigorous planning involved in these types of projects, saying: “It should give you sleepless nights because getting it right before it starts is crucial.”
Crown Fine Art’s Technical Projects Manager Michael Festenstein said: “I was pleased the programme communicated the logistical difficulties we face and details we have to consider. But it also showed we get to work in some spectacular surroundings with some incredible artwork.”
Longleat is renowned as being one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain and its legacy includes thousands of important artworks and antiques, some of national significance.