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I am a conservator based in Oxford, and working both nationally and internationally.  I specialise in wall paintings, sculpture, and polychrome or gilded surfaces.  The projects range from big schemes in historic buildings, cathedrals and churches to small privately owned pieces.

About me

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I trained in conservation at the City and Guilds of London Art School, graduating in 1997, before undertaking further training in Italy with a Leonardo da Vinci grant to study with a conservator in Urbino. In addition, I hold an MSc from University College London in Sustainable Heritage, covering conservation issues, methodologies, policies and practice, encompassing sites, built heritage, and collections.

Since 1998 I have been working freelance, both independently and in collaboration with highly respected conservation professionals and institutions, on conservation projects for sculpture, wall paintings and polychrome and gilded decorative surfaces.

My studio is based in Oxford but I also work on conservation projects across the UK and internationally.  I have practiced in Germany, Turkey, France, Belgium and Greece, on private projects and for exhibitions, and have held contracts in the paintings department of the Benaki Museum in Athens, and at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens’ Agora conservation laboratory.

I have a long-term involvement in the site based conservation of tomb painting and built heritage in Egypt – running conservation projects for the American Research Center at the tombs of Menna and Neferrenpet, and working on the Tombs of Sennefer and Amenemope for the Université libre de Bruxelles’ Archaeological Mission to the Theban Necropolis.  I am a part of the ICOM CIPEG (International Committee for Egyptology) Expert Group on the Tutankhamen Shrine Project.

I am a member of ICON, IIC and ICOM.

Services


I specialise in wall paintings, sculpture, and decorative and gilded surfaces.

Wall Paintings

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Conservation and restoration of paintings on plaster, wood, stone and related surfaces.  Subjects can be decorative or figurative and date from 2000 BC to modern.

Conservation services include: condition surveying and mapping, inspection and advice, examination with flat, raking and UV light and under magnification as necessary, as well as treatment as necessary including stabilisation, cleaning, uncovering, consolidation and fixing, filling and retouching.

Sculpture

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Conservation of sculpture, in wood, terracotta, stone and plaster and related materials, with or without polychromy. This includes religious and classical sculpture, privately owned pieces and church monuments.

Conservation services include: condition surveying and mapping, advice, documentation including examination under microscope and in flat, raking and UV light as necessary, cleaning, consolidation and fixing, structural repairs, reconstruction of losses as appropraite, and retouching.

Gilded Surfaces

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Conservation of gilded surfaces, which can be part of a decorative polychrome scheme or interior, objects or frames.

Conservation services include: condition reporting, including examination under microscope and with flat, raking and UV light as necessary, documentation, advice, cleaning, fixing, both oil and water gilding.

Management & Advice

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Conservation services include advisory support: inspections and advice; research; surveys – condition surveying and mapping; risk assessment; set up and management of conservation projects.

Advisory support has ranged from assessments for small private projects to international collaborations, notably in the Theban Tombs, for St Paul’s Catacombs for Heritage Malta and for the ICOM-CIPEG Tutankhamun Shrine Project pictured above.

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Sample Portfolio

IFAO, Mounira Palace, Cairo, Egypt

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Condition Survey / Documentation / Paint Research / Uncovering / Wall painting

IFAO, Mounira Palace, Cairo, Egypt

The Red House, Bexleyheath. National Trust

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Cleaning / Fixing and Consolidation / Reintegration / Repairs / Uncovering / Wall painting

The Red House, Bexleyheath. National Trust

The Tomb of Menna, Valley of the Nobles, Luxor, Egypt

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Cleaning / Condition Survey / Documentation / Fixing and Consolidation / Reintegration / Repairs / Wall painting

The Tomb of Menna, Valley of the Nobles, Luxor, Egypt

Sorrowing Virgin (late 17th to early 18th century), Spanish. Private collection

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Documentation / Fixing and Consolidation / Reintegration / Repairs / Sculpture / Uncovering

Sorrowing Virgin (late 17th to early 18th century), Spanish. Private collection

Domestic Wall Painting, Alloue, France

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Cleaning / Documentation / Fixing and Consolidation / Reintegration / Repairs / Retouching / Wall painting

Domestic Wall Painting, Alloue, France

The Colossi Of Memnon, Thebes, Luxor, Egypt

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Condition Survey / Documentation / Sculpture

The Colossi Of Memnon, Thebes, Luxor, Egypt

All Saints Church, Broughton, Cambridgeshire

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Cleaning / Condition Survey / Documentation / Fixing and Consolidation / Reintegration / Repairs / Wall painting

All Saints Church, Broughton, Cambridgeshire

Ellys Manor House Wall Paintings, Lincolnshire

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Cleaning / Condition Survey / Documentation / Fixing and Consolidation / Reintegration / Repairs

Ellys Manor House Wall Paintings, Lincolnshire

Piccotts End, Hertfordshire

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Condition Monitoring / Condition Survey / Documentation / Fixing and Consolidation / Wall painting

Piccotts End, Hertfordshire

From the blog

Some recent projects, news, and conservation issues

Publications

Recent publications

B. Madden, H. Tavier, 2017.  ‘The Conservation of the Tomb Chapel of Sennefer TT96A’, in Conservation of Theban Temples and Tombs, Symposium Proceedings February 2016, Luxor. Gerda Henkel Stiftung. 8-15.

Available from [online] https://lisa.gerda-henkelstiftung.de/the_conservation_of_the_tomb_chapel_of_sennefer_tt_96_a?nav_id=6548

The Conservation of the Tomb chapel of Sennefer TT96a

From the inaugural international symposium on the conservation of Theban Temples and Tombs held in Luxor, Egypt 2016, sponsored by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The article discusses the 15-year conservation and research project at the Tomb of Sennefer, undertaken by the Universities of Brussels and Liège. It looks at the ethics, materiality, and technical challenges of the conservation of a Theban tomb.

B. Madden, H. Tavier. ‘Original Painting Techniques. Methods and Materials in 18thDynasty Tombs, in the Valley of the Nobles, Egypt’, in: C. von Rüden – J. Jungfleisch – J. Becker (eds.) Tracing Technoscapes: The Production of Bronze Age Wall Paintings in the Eastern Mediterranean (in press) https://www.sidestone.com/books/tracing-technoscapes

Original Painting Techniques. Methods and Materials in 18thDynasty Tombs, in the Valley of the Nobles, Egypt

Developed from a paper given at the interdisciplinary workshop held at the 10th ICAANE in Vienna, this paper discusses the original painting construction, methods, techniques and materials used in Theban elite private tombs of the 18th Dynasty. The findings are based on research, archaeometry, conservation work, as well as experimental archaeology. Using this multiple research method and the associated findings it attempts to answer some of the questions most frequently asked about the construction and decoration of painted tomb chapels.

Contact Bianca

Please contact me by phone on 0778 9067364, by email at [email protected] or by using the form below