The Castellan’s Dining Hall: The balancing act of restoring the restored by Julian James and Olivier Guyot.
Tuesday, 22th October 2019
Note: conferences only take place in French !
The Castellan’s Dining Hall is one of the most emblematic rooms in Chillon Castle, with its famous coffer ceiling and monumental, fully functioning chimney. Its wall decor, on the other hand – simple red and white chevrons with faux stone window frames – attracts less attention. This is perhaps because it was an early 20th-century creation. Its restoration in 2015 was an opportunity to re-evaluate the decor as a whole and undertake works that respected the room’s genesis and history. Join us as we retrace the curator/restaurateur’s steps and questions when faced with a task, which despite initially seeming like a ‘no-brainer’, eventually unearthed a few surprises along the way. Although the decorative wall coverings, which were the work of painter/restaurateur Ernest Correvon, date back to 1913, the style is based on relics dating back to the latter half of the 13th century. These were found in another room of the castle during archaeological digs at the beginning of the 20th century. Since the initial work, the painted decor has only been subject to small, one-off procedures. The curator/restaurateur began by closely observing the pictorial traces and any overlaps with the available historical data. He then determined the original pictorial techniques used and carried out a detailed assessment of the preservation status of the painted surfaces. Strictly speaking, the treatment began ‘gently’, with tests to find the best methods for stabilising the damaged coatings and pictorial layers, and for cleaning the surfaces without removing Correvon’s ‘original’ patina. The work was rounded off with limited retouching of wear and tear caused by people brushing past the wall.
5pm: Guided, in-depth tour of the exhibition
One-off price of 30 CHF/person for guided tour + conference
or 12.50 CHF/person for the conference only (free for the Circle of Friends of Chillon Castle)
Tickets: www.chillon.ch or at the ticket office on the day of the event
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