Keukenhof 1, 2161 AN Lisse
phase 1: research and proposal
phase 2: conservation
January 2012 – May 2012
Architectural paint research for the whole castle; advice on colour and new paint system to be used; inventarisation of various wallpapers; conservation of historic wallpaper; reconstruction historic wallpaper; advice on reproduction of new wallpapers.
Roos Keppler – main contractor, strategy, architectural paint research, paint sample analysis, conservation wallpaper
Elsbeth Geldhof – wallpaper inventarisation advice, conservation wallpaper
The wallpaper was glued to newspapers of 1837. The wallpaper has an surface machine print that was developed in England in a mechanization process of the hand print technique. The machine print technique used was a new phenomenon. It can be recognized by a collection of small dots, that form small, coloured surfaces and shapes.
One of the main focuses of the restoration of the Kasteel Keukenhof, was the conservation of the round Tower Room. The wallpaper research has been done and the conclusion was that underneath the 1950 wallpaper, the original 1860’s wallpaper was still present and in decent condition.
We researched the different possibilities to safely remove the 1950’s wallpaper (preserving both papers). The 1950’s wallpaper was removed and archived. The 1860’s wallpaper was conserved by cleaning the surface, retouching small damages and reconstructing missing lacunae.
Our restoration vision and work was presented at the DEMHIST ICOM-CC conference at the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles in November 2012. Read the publication