Restoration of the
Clio and Urania mantel-clock by Jean-André Le Paute
In the year 2002 several remarkable clocks that had been restored in the
Laboratory for Scientific Restoration of Clocks and Musical Instruments
(headed by M.P. Guryev) found their place in the Hermitage's displays.
A special place among them is occupied by a mantel-clock created by Jean-Andre
Le Paute (1720-1788), clockmaker to King Louis XVI of France.
Restoration of letters
patent and archive documents
The Department of the History of Russian Culture has charge of a unique
collection of letters patent and archive documents from the late 18th
and early 19th centuries. For a long time work with the collection was
rendered difficult by the poor state of preservation of the documents.
In 2002 the Laboratory for Scientific Restoration of Graphic Works (V.A.
Kozyreva, director) successfully applied a method of humidifying and
straightening out parchment. Each exhibit was placed in a special mount
made of acid-free museum cardboard. Now the documents have been protected
insofar as possible from negative factors.
Restoration of a
series of portrait miniatures from the late 18th and 19th centuries
In preparation for the exhibition of the Collection of G.D. Dushin,
the restoration artists of the Laboratory for Scientific Restoration
of Works of Graphic Works (V.A. Kozyreva, director) worked during 2002
on a large series of portrait miniatures from the late 18th and 19th
centuries. The miniatures were executed on sheets of ivory using watercolour
and gouache by the noted artists I.A. Vinberg, K.F. Edlinger, V.M. Vankovich,
F. Kronewetter and L.I. Solovyov, as well as a number of unknown artists.
Restoration of paintings
for the exhibition "Dreams of the Gothic and Renaissance. Sienese
painting from the 14th century to the first half of the 16th"
In 2002 the staff of the Laboratory for Scientific Restoration of Tempera
Painting (headed by T.D. Chizhova) carried out a large amount of work
to prepare paintings for the exhibition of Sienese painting from the 14th
century to the first half of the 16th.
Restoration of the
Great Imperial Throne
The year 2002 saw the completion of the programme for the restoration
of the Great Imperial Throne created in 1731 for Empress Anna Ioannovna
by the British craftsman Nicholas Klausen.
The Hermitage tapestry
Assumption, Burial and Coronation from the Life of the Virginseries
undergoes restoration at De Wit Royal Manufacturers of Tapestry in Mechelen,
In conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum, New York and De Wit Royal
Manufacturers of Tapestry, Mechelen, Belgium, the State Hermitage has
implemented an international programme to restore a tapestry from the
Hermitage collection. This tapestry, indeed the entire series, is an
adornment to the Hermitage collection, not only because of its high
artistic quality, but also for its history. The four tapestries making
up the Life of the Virgin Mary series, woven in the early 16th
century for Jacques d'Amboise, Bishop of Clermont, belonged in the 19th
century to the collections of Alexander Bazilewsky and Prince Grigory
Gagarin, and were reunited after their acquisition by the Imperial Hermitage
The restoration of
stained glass from the Marienkirche
in Frankfurt an der Oder
During 2001-2002 the Laboratory for Scientific Restoration of Works of
Applied Art (A.I. Bantikov, director) restored 15 of 111 14th-century
panels that made up three stained-glass windows in the Marienkirche (Church
of the Virgin Mary) in Frankfurt an der Oder. Six centuries of pernicious
atmospheric conditions, vandalism and war took their toll on the stained
glass. In 1943 the panels were removed from the windows by the Germans
to save them from bomb damage. They were placed first in the church itself
and later in storage in Potsdam. From there they were removed to the Soviet
Union and given for keeping to the Hermitage where they remained from
1946 to 2002. When they came into the museum, all the damage to the glass
and lead was recorded.