Coming Symposium

Dear colleagues and friends,

The alarming news reports about the Covid 19 virus are developing at unprecedented speed. Following the 30-day Europe-US travel ban that was announced by president Trump yesterday, Dutch government has
announced today that all events involving over 100 people will be
canceled until, for now, April 1st.

Independently of the health risks involved, due to the above mentioned facts our US-based speakers and symposium attendees are not allowed or able to travel. Understandably, other participants are also uncertain
whether they should come to the symposium. As it is impossible to foresee what is going to happen in the next six weeks, it’s with great regret that we have decided to postpone the conference. We would like to thank the people that have already registered for their enthusiasm and support. As stated in our terms and conditions, everyone who
wishes, can get entrance fee refunded. We come back to you soon with new conference dates and look forward to meeting you all in good health.

The Ebenist team


15th International symposium on wood and furniture conservation by Stichting Ebenist


Louis, Louis, Louis!
Origins, flourishing and spread of an international furniture style


Provisional programme 24-25 April 2020

Rode Hoed, Amsterdam

Riesener’s memoires: a craftsman’s perspective on furniture
A comparison of Riesener’s techniques and methods, based on his archive and other sources, comparing them to furniture created for the French court.
Alexander Collins, Riesener Project Leverhulme fellow at the Wallace Collection, London, UK


The Riesener Project: an exploration of his royal furniture
A presentation of the collaborative Riesener Project of the Wallace Collection, Waddesdon Manor and the Royal Collection Trust, and its study of over 30 pieces of Riesener furniture.
Jürgen Huber, senior furniture conservator at the Wallace Collection, London, UK


The chiffonniers by Bernard van Risamburgh II
The conservation of a petit chiffonnier bearing two stamps BVRB. The study will be illustrated with indisputable examples from museum collections, and some of the fakes that have been exposed thanks to modern scientific methods.
Alton Bowman, conservator, Texas, USA


Floral wood marquetry cabinets attributed to André-Charles Boulle:
a technical comparison
A technical comparison focused on construction techniques, design, execution and choice of materials.
Paul van Duin, head of furniture conservation, and Jan Dorscheid, junior conservator of furniture, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Conservation projects from the Château de Villarceaux
The treatment of several Louis-style pieces of furniture from Château de Villarceaux, a castle that was owned by the same family from its construction up until 1976.
Thomas Jordan, conservator of furniture, Ateliers Jordan Lascroux, Magny en Vexin, France


The ornamental designs of Johann Michael Hoppenhaupt the Elder within the context of the French and European Rococo
A presentation and contextualization of this design series clarifying the intended use of these etchings.
Martin Glinzer, Graduate Student in Art History at the Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany


Louis Tessier’s engravings and Jean-Henri Riesener’s marquetry: the artist and the craftsman
Tessier’s engravings within the context of changing workshop practices, marquetry techniques and productivity.
Yannick Chastang, conservator at Yannick Chastang Conservation, Faversham, Kent, UK


Louis ‘in Chinese style’
Matthijs Horrix and Dutch Furniture ‘in Chinese style’.
Geert-Jan Janse, art historian and PhD candidate into images of China in the Dutch Republic


An Empire orchestrion by D.N. Winkel, Amsterdam. Technical art-historical research and conservation
A conservation and research project of a Dutch Empire, or Louis Napoleon cabinet from ca. 1805-1810.
Tirza Mol, junior conservator of furniture, and Paul van Duin, head of furniture conservation, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Louis in the New World: great rooms of the American gilded age
Louis XIV- and Louis XV-inspired interiors in Marble House and The Breakers, two National Historic Landmark mansions.
Katherine Garret-Cox, collections manager, and Carola Schueller, objects conservator at the Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, USA


The Beekman Family Suite: contrasts in early nineteenth-century construction and upholstery techniques
Commissioned from the same cabinetmaker less than one year apart, two tapestry-covered sets of eight armchairs and one sofa each are created in strikingly different ways and reveal an unexpected showcover history.
Nancy Britton, conservator of upholstery, and Marijn Manuels, conservator of furniture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA


Simulating tapestries on a suite of gilt Louis XV-style chairs
A conservation project focusing on the reproduction of chair tapestries in a suite of late nineteenth-century gilt Louis XV-style chairs.
F. Carey Howlett, president and chief conservator at F. Carey Howlett & Associates, Montross, Virgina, USA


Marot, Marot, Marot … as a designer of beds
Marot’s designs for state beds and his version of the Louis XIV style in the Netherlands and England.
Aagje Gosliga, PhD candidate at Leiden University Centre for Arts and Society, the Netherlands, and independent art-historical researcher at Gosliga Kunsthistorisch Onderzoek


What is the right upholstery for your Louis?
A walk through the different types of Louis upholstery in changing times, styles and uses.
Pierre Alexandre Bourdel, founder of Pierre Atelier, New York, USA


Buitenhof 28 revisited: a forgotten transitional Louis XV- Louis XVI-interior on the Hofvijver
A study of the original Louis XV- and Louis XVI-interiors and -furniture of a now demolished house in The Hague.
Yuri van der Linden, collections cataloguer and curator of ancient applied arts, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Rijswijk, the Netherlands


The return of the ‘green room’ to the Prins Hendrikkade 142
The re-installment project of a Louis XVI-style interior from the collection of the Amsterdam Museum to its original location.
David Derksen, building archaeologist at the Monuments and Archaeology Department of the City of Amsterdam, and furniture conservation student at HMC Amsterdam, and Jaap Boonstra, conservator of furniture, Amsterdam Museum, the Netherlands


Conservation of a gilded and marquetry Pieter de Loose table (1689)
Conservation and study of a seventeenth-century Pieter de Loose gilded table with a marquetry table top, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Corinne Suraci, junior conservator of furniture, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Netherlands


What future for the Louis?
The rapid geographical expansion of European countries from Louis XIV onwards created an influx of exotic materials used in French marquetry. Concerns in regard to the availability and use of these materials. Where do we go from here?
Patrick Edwards, conservator at Antique Refinishers, and founder of American School of French Marquetry, and Patrice Lejeune, marquetry artist, San Diego, USA


Louis in contemporary design
The canonization and reinterpretation of Louis styles in contemporary furniture design.
Lucas Mantel, student of conservation and restoration, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This programme is subject to change. On Friday night there will be an (optional) informal dinner to meet and catch up with colleagues from the field.

Registration and payment
The fee for the two-day symposium is € 230. This includes coffee, tea and lunches.
For students there is a reduced fee of € 180. Please be prepared to show your student card at the door.
A supplement of € 70 is due for the optional dinner on Friday evening.
Please note that registration and payment in advance are mandatory if you wish to attend. Payment is processed during online registration by our payment provider (Mollie). Creditcards, iDeal and various other types of payment are accepted.

The closing date for registration is April 10th, 2020.

We hope to see you at the symposium.
Location: Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102, 1015 CV Amsterdam

Coming Symposium