Devotion, Clam’s Dream, A Gust of Wind, Elephant Bridge, Daikoku and a Child, Tortoise Playing with Fisherman & Fisherman Serenity are all the seven Ivories which have been conserved with a generous donation from The Arts Society Fylde.

 

Devotion Ivory for conservation

Devotion Ivory for conservation

 

TASF held a very successful event on Wednesday 17 October at the Town Hall, St Annes, ‘Celebrating Fifty Years / Enriching Lives through the Arts’, in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde, Councillor & Mrs Peter Collins, when we were able to see the newly conserved items.

Jenny Truran, conservator, gave a very interesting account of how she had cleaned the Ivories and Kunie Couch, who had researched them as part of the Tagging the Treasures project, told us how ivori| Ivories such as these came to be made.

Chair of TASF, Pat Corless welcomed everyone and Jo Darbyshire, past Chair, handed over a cheque for £1,000 to the Mayor.

The Friends were so pleased when they learned that FDFAS as it was then, planned to celebrate their 50th Anniversary by making a gesture of a donation for conservation. The Friends have paid for the plaque to commemorate their funding.

Jenny also gave an update on the conservation of the statues of Hebe and Amphitrite; in fact they are almost finished.  In the photograph below you can see protective sheeting and part of a high platform, essential for Jenny to stand on as she worked, the statues are so tall. Also shown is the back of Amphitrite’s head and hair showing it partially cleaned:

 

Amphitrite’s head partially cleaned

Amphitrite’s head partially cleaned