Fine art of restoring heritage furniture in TAS
A late 18th Century table has been given a new lease of life and will take pride of place in one of the finest heritage house museums in the nation.
The mahogany English table was built circa 1790 and until recently was kept as part of a private collection.
The table was recently acquired by the Narryna Heritage Museum in Hobart and will take pride of place in the Dining Room.
Tony Colman from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Heritage Furniture Restoration Unit has been repairing the table, replacing missing cross banding on the top.
“This is a beautiful example of a D-end table - an extension table which breaks down into two or three pieces,” Mr Colman said.
“It is currently on castors which date back to the late Victorian era. They will be replaced with the original feet and the legs will be extended.”
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery also provides curatorial and conservation support and advice to Narryna for the heritage collection, which is owned by the Narryna Heritage Museum Incorporated.
Narryna is a two-storey Georgian style sandstone home set in historic Battery Point, housing an outstanding collection of furniture and effects from the 1830s.
The collection is based on the concept of creating a home, just as it may have been back in the 1830s.
The nationally significant collection includes the finest range of colonial costume in Australia, and objects including furniture, china, silver, paintings and examples of fine art.
The property was built in 1837 as a showplace for the colony. It is acknowledged as one of the finest heritage house museums in the nation.
In May this year, public tenders were called to undertake a building upgrade and repair works for the Narryna Heritage Museum building, which is owned by the State Government.
The upgrade included necessary maintenance and improved wheelchair access to some of the building and facilities.
“The table is a significant acquisition in this our fiftieth year operating as a museum,” said President of the Narryna Heritage Museum Ron Banks.
Narryna is open to the public every day except Monday and from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.