Castle of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is a castle and a French historical monument which is located in Versailles, near Paris, France. It was the residence of the kings of France, Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. The king and the court resided there permanently from 6 May 1682 to 6 October 1789, with the exception of the years of the Regency of 1715-1723.
Located southwest of Paris, the castle and grounds were intended to glorify the French monarchy.
The castle consists of a succession of elements of architectural harmony. It is spread over 6.32 hectares, divided into 2,300 pieces, currently 1,000 museum pieces.

The virtues of ancient glues

In this article, the author discusses ‘glues’, a significant element of the fabrication and preservation in gilding and cabinetmaking. He first explains the virtues of ancient glues such as rabbit skin glue (which is becoming popular again), fish glue (mainly used for Boulle inlays that do not exist anymore), the ephemeral success of synthetic glues (standard Araldite, neoprene contact glue, vinyl glue) and finishes with the comment that, currently, the best solution is a strong glue made from protein fibres extracted from the bones and nerves of cows. Revue Experts […]

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Improper conservation, restorations and alterations of furniture

The restoration of furniture as understood today is different to that practised in the previous century and even more different to that of the preceding centuries. Through a brief history, the author retraces the evolution in mentalities, its causes and consequences. La revue Experts n° 56 – 09/2002 © Revue Experts   The restoration of works of art has considerably changed over the second half of the 20th century. In relation to furniture, the subject of discussion in this article, the current rules help both the expert and the court […]

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Chi Mei Culture Foundation, from passion to museum

The largest museum in Asia dedicated to western art is being built in Tainan (in the southern part of the island of Taiwan, the Republic of China). It is to be inaugurated in February 2015 following a colossal, five-year, construction process. Having participated in its creation, not only as a restorer but also as consultant for the painting and sculpture collections, I consider this museum to be well worth a visit. Twenty years of collaboration provides me with an opportunity to go back over the history of the creation of […]

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The right to reproduce national works of art belonging to French museums

Works of art for which the reproduction rights have fallen into the public domain and that belong to French museums can be freely accessed and lawfully copied. Using a specific example, the author reviews the legal measures and obligations that govern copies since the Law of 4 January 2002 on literary and artistic ownership. Article in La Revue Experts n° 80 – September 2008 © Revue Experts In general, because only part of an expert’s time is spent on court-ordered missions, he must maintain his principal activity in order to remain […]

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The value of stamped furniture

Using three specific examples, the author retraces the history of stamps, including their counterfeits and detection. We also discover the Jasmin stamps, a commode by Bernard van Risen Burgh that is unfortunately in the United States and another Riesener that was able to be brought back from London to Versailles. La revue Experts n° 55 – 06/2002 © Revue Experts   Article 36 of the ‘new’ Community of Joiners and Cabinetmakers Law of 1743, in force only in 1751, provided that “each master cabinetmaker will be required to have his […]

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Developments in expert examinations of works of art over the past 20 years

The author summarizes the advance in scientific examinations over the past twenty years and their inclusion in expert reports on works of art. Article de la Revue Experts spécial 20 ans, Mars 2008 © Revue Experts   The search for the truth, both historical, stylistic, technical and scientific, by claiming zero risk through the production of irrefutable proof, might, at the beginning of this 3rd millennium, be the definition of the task of the art expert. An apparently easy task, but extremely hazardous when trying to distinguish the hand of […]

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