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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

German magazine RESTAURO | Magazine covering Restoration Techniques | On the cover of “Restauro Preisliste”

On the cover of “Restauro Preisliste”
Price list for advertisement

A German magazine covering restoration techniques.

For more than 115 years, the German magazine “Restauro” has been discussing and publishing the subject of restoration, preservation and maintenance of national and international heritage.
In the April 2013 edition, they published an extensive article about the restoration of a wooden chandelier from the Castle Lembeck in Westfalen, Germany. It was an assignment that we really enjoyed carrying out.
In this editorial piece, many pictures were shown concerning the various techniques used and difficulties encountered in carving the ornaments.

One of these pictures was used to grace the cover of the magazine “Preisliste 2014”.
The Restauro “Preisliste” or price list for advertisement is usually issued in autumn. It’s an additional little booklet of about 16 pages that is sent to subscribers and companies who are in the restoration business. 
I find it quite exceptional that I was considered for this year’s edition. 

Restoration Wooden Chandelier


Monday, 7 October 2013

WOODCARVING CLASSES by Patrick Damiaens | A Course ornamental Woodcarving | Wood Carving Course - Classes in Belgium

 Wood Carving Course in Belgium
Are you looking to take a creative and technically advanced course?
Then maybe woodcarving – ornamental woodcarving might be something for you. This two-year training program, with possible specialization years, will give you a good insight into the various stages of carving (and working in relief on) ornaments and decorative panels in a wide variety of furniture styles.

For many years now, I’ve been teaching this course to passionate and interested people, who want to learn more about this complex subject. The course members start out with simple exercises, architectural designs, carving ...... and simple flower designs. 
The level of difficulty and complexity of the exercises is gradually increased and adapted to the individual capacities and wishes of the course member. The course member is introduced to various types of (raw) material, tools and equipment. You will learn all about different carving techniques and how to apply these. 

If you want to be notified of when a new course is planned, make sure to register on the waiting list.
These are a few pictures of the workshop and course members for the course 
“Ornamental Woodcarving”
of 2013-2014.



Tuesday, 1 October 2013

CARVED WOODEN CHANDELIER | WOODCARVING 18th Century Style | Flemish Woodcarver J.F. Allaert | Designmuseum in Ghent, Belgium

A little-known masterpiece 
of 18th century Flemish Decorative Arts:

The Wooden chandelier by J.F. Allaert

A little while ago, I visited Ghent. This Flemish city has a wide range of historical buildings and places of interest. And a visit to the “Hotel de Coninck” was an absolute must. This museum houses a true masterpiece of 18th century Flemish Decorative arts.

In 1961, the city council of Ghent purchased a large wooden chandelier from an antique dealer in Brussels. This purchase was made at the same time negotiations were underway with a buyer who wanted this piece for a foreign collection. This chandelier was originally made to adorn the residence of the Knight F.J. de Coninck, presently housing the museum of decorative arts (known as the “Design Museum Gent”).
A brief description of the wooden chandelier is necessary to give a better idea of this masterpiece of Flemish industrial art.
The total height of the wooden chandelier is 1.80m and the diameter is 1.17m. The chandelier was carved from limewood.

Wooden Chandelier of J.F.Allaert
The principal decoration consists of four allegorical figures, placed at the foot of the tree of life. They symbolize the continents as seen through the eyes of people in the 18th century. These four symbolic figures are each about 0.30m tall and represent the four continents Europe, America, Asia and Africa.
The four continents
Europe is depicted as a child in an upright position, wearing a helmet made of feathers. Around its neck it’s wearing a necklace of the Order of the Golden Fleece. A slightly draped skirt covers the lower part of its body. Between its legs, there’s a canon. Its right hand is gripping a sword at the hilt. Its left hand is reaching for the neck of an eagle wearing an imperial crown.
A ship connects “Europe” to “America”. This ship has been carved in great detail, with small canons coming out of the side, a mast with a crow’s nest, an anchor, etc.

America is symbolized by a child dressed up as an Indian, with drawn bow and arrow. A quiver is leaning against its right leg, which is spread out over a crocodile.
Next to “America” we find “Africa”. The figure is wearing a hat in the shape of an elephant’s head with trunk. In its right hand, the child is holding a cornucopia, from which corncobs are protruding. It’s riding a lion with long manes and a half open mouth.
Between “Africa” and “Europe” a child symbolizing “Asia” is placed on a lying camel. It’s wearing a turban for a hat, and is holding a censer in its left hand and a beam of rays in its right. This depiction evokes images of the Middle East.

The palm tree rising up between these four allegories houses a nest on top of a fan-shaped crown. An eagle is snatching a cub from the nest, right from under a winged dragon, with fiery tongue. 
This bird, with its wings spread wide, is holding an iron ring in its right claw, from which the chandelier is hanging. Underneath the allegorical figures representing the four continents, eight similarly arched arms spring from the bottom of the chandelier. These end in a dragon, of which the head supports the candle holder.

It is generally assumed that this wooden chandelier was made particularly for this residence. Tradition tells us that the artist, J.F. Allaert, worked on decorating this mansion under the patronage of the Knight de Coninck for many years. Striking is the fact that the chandelier was signed and dated on the bottom, with the depiction of the four continents sitting on top. Near the arms of the chandelier, hidden by the first rocaille, it says “J.F. Allaert 1770”.

WOODCARVING  18th Century Style

J.F. Allaert
This Flemish Woodcarver was born in Ghent on 14 October 1703 and died on 2 January 1779, at the age of 76.

Designmuseum, Ghent