Hovenden Memorial

Medieval alabaster wall monument to Robert Hovenden with original polychromy; 1614; bust of R Hovenden

Heavily soiled coat of arms required conservation cleaning. After undertaking pigment analysis, the surface soiling was removed using different dry and wet conservation cleaning methods. As the surface contained a dark layer of solidified dust, dirt and tart, laser system with the wavelength of 1064 nm was used as one of the treatments to remove the soiling. Areas of missing polychromy and gilding were partially in-painted and gilded. The newly gilded sections were consequently distressed to make them blend in with the original aged gilded areas. Mareva Conservation successfully reinstated the original colour scheme of the coat of arms while staying true to the age of the monument.


All Souls College, Oxford

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After treatment