Coming Symposium

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

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


Programme 25-26 March 2022

Rode Hoed, Amsterdam

We would like to inform you that the Covid-19 measures are being eased in the Netherlands. We are confident that we can accept all applicants in late March. In the unlikely case that restrictions return into effect and we are not allowed to welcome you all, you will get a full refund.

Due to the previous postponement Stichting Ebenist took a big financial hit and we kindly ask for your support! Please, sign up for the conference via the Registration Form on this website and do sign up for the dinner on Friday night, too. Your support is essential to ensure future conferences! In the meantime, keep an eye on our website for any updates.

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                                                        Looking forward to seeing you in good health on March 251


Friday 25 March

9:00 Registration with coffee/tea

09:45 Word of welcome from the Chair: Tirza Mol

Moderating morning session: Helbertijn Krudop

10:00 – 10:30
Sleeping Beauties: The Louis-style boiseries in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 
Investigation of the provenance, manufacture and historical display of the eighteenth-century boiseries in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, and their future in the new storage facility in CCNL, Amersfoort.
Alexander Dencher, curator of furniture at Rijksmuseum and university lecturer at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, the Netherlands

10:30 – 10:50
The return of the ‘green room’ to the Prins Hendrikkade 142
The re-installment project of a Louis XIV-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 Jaap Boonstra, conservator of furniture, Amsterdam Museum, the Netherlands

10:50 – 11:20
The chiffoniers by Bernard van Risamburgh II
A traditional conservation of a newly discovered and signed chiffonier.
Alton Bowman, conservator, Texas, USA

11:20 – 11:55 Coffee/tea

11:55 – 12:25
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

12:25 – 12:50
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 the Arts in Society, the Netherlands, and independent art-historical researcher at Gosliga Kunsthistorisch Onderzoek

12:50 – 14:10 Lunch

Moderating afternoon session: Machteld Jacques

14:10 – 14:40
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

14:40 – 15:10
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, Amersfoort, the Netherlands

15:10 – 15:40
Conservation projects from the Château de Villarceaux
The treatment of several Louis-style pieces of furniture from the Château de Villarceaux, that was owned by the same family from its construction in the early 18th century up until 1976.
Thomas Jordan, conservator of furniture, Ateliers Jordan Lascroux, Magny en Vexin, France

15:40 – 16:10 Coffee/tea

16:10 – 16:45
An Empire orchestrion by D.N. Winkel, Amsterdam.
Technical art-historical research and conservation of a Dutch Empire, or Louis Napoleon cabinet from ca.1805 -1810.
Tirza Mol, conservator of furniture, and Paul van Duin, head of furniture conservation, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

16:45 End of lectures, closing remarks


Saturday 26 March

9:30 Reception with coffee/tea

Moderating morning session: Boudewien Westra

10:00 – 10:30
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

10:30 – 11:00
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, conservator of furniture, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/tea

11:30 – 12:00
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

12:00 – 12:15
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, former Riesener Project Leverhulme fellow at the Wallace Collection, London, UK

12:15 – 12:45
A Storied Past, being the story of a commode by David Roentgen that belonged to Louis XVI, perhaps.
Mechthild Baumeister, conservator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch

Moderating afternoon session: Helbertijn Krudop

14:00 – 14:25
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

14:25 – 14:55

The Beekman suite
The New York cabinetmaking trade in a period of transition and French influences, as well as an interesting upholstery history.
Nancy Britton, conservator emerita, and Marijn Manuels, conservator, Objects Conservation Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

14:55 – 15:10
Louis in contemporary art and design
The canonization and reinterpretation of Louis styles in contemporary furniture design.
Lucas Mantel, student of conservation and restoration, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

15:10 – 15:40 Coffee/tea

15:40 – 16:05
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, conservator of polychrome objects, Florence, Italy

16:05 – 16:35
Realising a period library-room in a Dutch Grachtenhuis in Schiedam
Building the interior of a period room from scratch in a city house , built in 1804 by Cornelis Nolet, designed by Giovanni Giudice, city-architect of Rotterdam. The design of the wall-panelling library (2017-2021) by Krijn van den Ende, restoration architect. 
Pol Bruijs en Remco Streep, Bruijs & Streep furniture restoration, Haarlem

16:35 Closing remarks and drinks

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

If you wish to attend the symposium, please visit our website for registration. 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. Payment is processed directly via iDeal and/or Mollie, depending on your country of origin.

The closing date for registration is March 17th, 2022.

We hope to see you at the symposium.

Location Conference: Rode Hoed,  Keizersgracht 102 1015 CV Amsterdam

Location conference dinner: Restaurant No Rules, Vondelpark 3 1071 AA Amsterdam

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