DE RIJP TILE PICTURE
Contract project for The National Maritime Museum (Greenwich) – Restoration of a whaling scene tile panel in preparation for the reopening of The Queen’s House.
The treatment involved removing the tiles from the heavy and out-dated plaster bedding, clean tiles of dirt and plaster residue, bond all sections, re-attach tiles to a sturdy but lightweight support, fill losses and retouch fills.
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Cement covering vast areas of glazed tiles
Surface had fallen into disrepair
Areas of blue tiles where glaze was lost
Slowly removing cement from tiles' surface
Area of wall before cement was removed from tiles' surface
Same area after cement was removed
Same area after fills were applied and levelled
Same wall ater intervention
Another view during intervention
Same view after intervention
Filling areas of loss
Colour matching - retouching fills
Detail during intervention
Same detail after intervention
16th CENTURY TILED ROOM
These tiled walls adorn the entrance hall at the Santa Clara Church and former convent in the city of Porto, Portugal.
The tiles had been restored early in the 20th century and now falling into disrepair. The intervention was to preserve as many tiles as possible, removing inadequate mortar covering their edges, securing tiles deemed unstable, and reinstating losses to glazed surfaces. The aim was to improve overall readability of these highly fractured tiles in the historic room.