Return of the Knife Grinder – in one piece!

This Knife-Grinder statue once formed part of a display in the Cartoon Gallery at Knole and copied a display in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

The statues were moved to the Orangery some time during the first half of the twentieth century. The Orangery was used as a storage space and gradually fell into disrepair. It was during this period that the three statues became damaged.  The Wrestlers statue and the statue of Perseus were conserved in 2010. The Knife-Grinder was collected earlier this year by Cliveden Conservation for repair. The funds, over £5000, were raised from sales of raffle tickets in 2010.

The Knife Grinder was in several different pieces.  The main body was completely detached from the base, with damage to both arms and feet.  The painted surface was also in poor condition with lots of flaking areas and loss of paint.

Before – damage to the arm, missing plaster and corrosion of the metal support

Before - base completely detached from the sculpture

Before - being wrapped ready for transport to the conservation studio

Before - preparation for transport

Before - vunerable parts of the sculpture are protected for the journey.

Boxed and ready to go!

 Yesterday Cliveden Conservation delivered the statue back to the Orangery.

Delivery from the conservation studio.

The big reveal!

Moving him over to his plinth

Good as new!

Thanks to Chris and Steven from the Premises Team for their help getting the statue back in place.

Emily

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