V&A Madejski Courtyard Complete!

Apr 07, 2023 talia Weiss


DBR Conservation have been working intensely the past month creating the replacement tesserae for the extensive losses in the mosaic adorning the majestic pediment in the V&A John Madejski Garden. Unglazed ceramic tiles were sourced from Portugal, but needed to be painstakingly fashioned to fit into and blend into the original surface.

Following tesserae cutting, shaping and re-installation, our brilliant conservators and gilders added the finishing touches to the mosaic adorning the majestic pediment. This was one of the final steps of mosaic conservation before the scaffolding came down, revealing the final effect from the ground.

Once lowered from the top pediment, DBR Conservators moved to the incredible coloured roundel mosaics beneath the recessed arcade of the northern façade of the V&A Lecture Theatre Block.’ Based on the sketches of Godfrey Sykes, the Museum’s Chief Decorative Designer, they represent Poetry, History and Philosophy. The first mosaic was executed by Salviati in #Venetian #glass, the second in English glass mosaic by Jesse Rust, and the third in English ceramic mosaic was Ry W. B. Simpson

Previous work by DBR Conservation at the site can be seen here.

DBR London recently received the Royal Warrant in recognition for quality and excellent service, which can be understood in detail here.

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