Academic thesis

Inge Stark: A Painted Four-Door's Cabinet from the Historical Museum Hanover (Inv.-No. VM 30665). Restorative Examination with Special Regards to its Original Shape as well as the Outlining of Restorative Measures. Back
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Abstract: This thesis is focussed on the examination of the cabinet with regards to its original shape as a profound art-history examination supported the assumption that the doors and corpus were originally arranged in a different way to what can be observed today. Based on various observations it could be proven that the four doors, most of the metal parts and some of the corpus boards originally served as components of a wooden wainscotting consisting o various wall-units. These wall-units were partly painted blue on the inside and at least two of the doors showed interior paintings. The outsides of the doors which were decorated with a frame of waved ledges and diamond ashlars, at that time had a polychrome painting in bright red-, orange- and yellow-tones. Four of the eight metal fittings date the cabinet back to 1692. Later in time the present cabinet was constructed out of the remaining parts of the wainscotting and the outside was furnished with a light-brown graining. The current polychrome painting is the dark-brown graining. Due to the currently unaesthetic appearance of the cabinet (various damages to paint-layers, previous exposure), at the end of the thesis, both, necessary measures, the conservative and also the restorative are presented in order to maintain the cabinet. Especially via restorative measures, this piece of furniture with its interesting history could be brought back to life.


  • academic institution: HAWK Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst Hildesheim/ Holzminden/Göttingen
  • kind of theses:  Diplomarbeit
  • main Tutor:  Prof. Jirina Lehmann
  • assistant Tutor:  Dr. Andreas Fahl
  • date:  2002
  • Language:  German
  • pages:  103
  • pictures:  82

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