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Ceiling painting, bedroom, second floor, Rosecliff.
Ceiling, Gothic room, first floor, Marble House.
Cork ceiling, dining room, Kingscote.
Failed panels, stairhall ceiling, Kingscote.
Ceiling, elevator, Marble House.
Reproduction adn original wall fabric, ___bedroom, east wall, second floor, Marble House.
Wallpaper (orginally a Morris pattern for a ceiling, here employed for a wall surface), below starhall, first floor, Kingscote.
Stanford White mantlepiece, bedroom, second floor, Kingscote.
Mantle sdurround, third floor, Kingscote.
Château sur Mer
Leather wall treatment, dining room, Château sur Mer.
Viried finish treatment of marble, dining room, first floor, Marble House.
Newel post, first landing, stair, Château sur Mer.




Document and analyze existing finishesbefore any preservation treatments are proposed or usnertaken to affected areas.

Retain finishes samples as part of the Architectural Fragments collection.

Do not conduct any finishes removal, preparation, or application until the Conservation Department reviews and approved all proposed work, and the selection of craftspeople and/or conservators to conduct the work.

Preservation Technical Note.



Finishes provide two main purposes, they are:

  • protective;
  • decorative.

Historical interior finishes are particularly vulnerable to physical abrasion through user wear and tear; failure due to factors including light, moisture, and their combination; changes in temperature, pollutants, improper care, application of incompatible overcoats, incompatible substrate or basecoats.



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