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Conservation of the tapestry Legend of Our Lady of the Sablon from the collection of the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels


Staff members: Anouk Van Beurden and Shirin Van Eenhooge.

Project financed by the King Boudewijn Foundation.

Duration: 2014-2015.



With a view to the exhibition “Tapestries from the era of Charles V”, the tapestry Legend of Our Lady of the Sablon(1516-1518) from the collection of the Royal Museums of Art and History was given a conservation treatment. It is clear that the tapestry is not complete. Originally it would have been longer since scenes from both sides of the pillars are missing. Traces of earlier interventions are still visible; at one time the tapestry was cut into six parts. The tapestry is generally dirty, dry and in a poor state, with many gaps and loose threads. Moreover, a large part was rewoven in the past.

 

After a mechanical and wet cleansing, the tapestry was mounted on the restoration loom. The open edges were sewn shut and then linen fabric was placed on the back of the tapestry to offer extra support to the weak zones. Every loose thread was straightened, one at a time, and sewn onto the linen. The yellow trim at the top and bottom was rewoven by independent restorer Sonja Daemen. Finally, they were integrated into the conserved tapestry.