The Textile Conservation Laboratory of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York >>>
On 21 december 2015 an interesting article ‘Inside The Textile Conservation Laboratory at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine NYC’ by AFineLyne was published on in the Arts & Culture page of untappedcities.com. Since I did my internship at the Cathedral way back in time, it was great fun for me to see the pictures of how the Laboratory looks today and read some about the history of the place.
I quote:’ Follow the pathway between the Cathedral of Saint Saint John the Divine and the Biblical Garden and you will find a Greek Revival building – the oldest existing structure in Morningside Height. It is the home to the Cathedral's Textile Conservation Laboratory. The Lab was established in 1981 to preserve the Cathedral’s collection of 17th century tapestries.One year before construction began on the Cathedral in 1891, a donation of twelve 17th century Italian Barberini tapestries were purchased by a congregant, Mrs. Elizabeth U. Coles, and donated to the cathedral. The tapestries were acquired from a collector who purchased them from Italian Princess Barberini in 1889.In a handwritten note to the cathedral dated May 20, 1890, Mrs. Cole wrote “Dear Sir, Many many thanks for your very pleasant note respecting the Sacred Tapestries I have been able to procure for the adornment of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It gives me great pleasure that others share with me in the appreciation of the Tapestries.” The estimated value of the Barberinis tapestries in 1891 was $75,000 (Cathedral Archives). This set of Barberinis were originally woven under the direction of the nephew of the Barberini Pope, Uban VIII.
|Currently on view, Adoration of the Magi and |
The Map of The Holy Land
|A close-up from "The Life of Christ" giving keys |
to Saint Peter from the Barberini collection
|View of the Textile Conservation Laboratory some twenty years ago. Detail of Aglauros's Vision of the Bridal Chamber of Herse, from the Story of Mercury and Herse, woven ca. 1570, Collection Metropolitan Museum, New York|
|Diana and Acteon, end 17the, begin 18th century, Jeans Jans the Younger, Manufacture National des Gobelins, Collection Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession number: 64.208|
|Wash table with movable bridge. On the table an|
Aubussontapestry, 18th century, from a private