The Landi Company Ltd offers a full range of textile conservation services for the individual client, for large institutions and for anything in between.

The objects handled include tapestries, embroideries (from samplers to wall hangings), costume and costume accessories, upholstered furniture and chair covers, window curtains, pelmets and the textile parts of state beds, altar frontals and other ecclesiastical vestments, lace and white-work, painted textiles and banners, and any number of odd or interesting objects that include a textile in its construction.

As an off-shoot of its commercial activity the Company has also hosted many students on placement from university courses and on voluntary work experience.

The managing director is a Fellow of IIC (International Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works), a member of Icon, an accredited member of BAFRA as Textile Specialist and appears on the Conservation Register operated by Icon (Institute for Conservation).

Our Services

Consultation and Estimating

  • Prior to any project being undertaken the client is consulted and a written estimate with a report on the condition as seen, is first presented and agreed.

Conservation Cleaning and support

  • Most current methods can be supplied including small scale solvent cleaning

Display and preparation for mounting and storage

  • Framing can be organised

Preventive Conservation

  • Advice on Collection Care
  • Practical help and advice with insect infestation
  • Emergency help for flood, fire or infestation can be provided if the premises are within reach of the workshop at Burghley House

Presentations and visits

  • These can be provided with prior appointment only

Case Histories and Current Work

An important Bed: Conservation and Research

One of the major exhibits in Burghley House is called the Blue Silk Bed, Recent conservation and research has revealed that its origins lie in the 17th century when it started life as the Crimson Velvet Bed.

  • Drawing of the Blue Silk Bed circa 1900 Circa 1900
  • Photo of the Blue Silk Bed in 2006 2006
  • Photo of the Blue Silk Bed in 2017 after conservation 2017

The 1900 photograph shows the bed as it was first described in the 1738 inventory, after alterations made to the 17th century original. By 1900 it was in a bedraggled condition and shortly afterwards the upper outer valances were replaced and the original inner valances covered over with new blue silk, which are still extant in store.

By The 1980’s it was deemed time for another refurbishment, but this time with rather less respect for the original concept and a dark blue moden silk was introduced . The inside of the tester still retained original silk, although badly stained., so that In 2014 when it was decided to move the bed to a more advantageous position in the room and the construction of the tester and cornices was very weak a programme of conservation was undertaken. The cornices covered with worn red velvet were strengthened and the inside tester roof was covered with new blue fabric to match the original colour. The dark blue silk that had been used to cover the backboard and replace the inner valances were left in place. Two years later a further opportunity arose to replace the dark blue with the same colour as the inside of the tester and recreate the festoons that were almost certainly hung between the posts of the backboard . Finally the inner valances were reconstructed using the same blue fabric as thew tester and with the proper shape and fringing.

The head board is still covered with embroidery from around 1700 matching the counterpane, although these would have also been light blue. The figured blue velvet of the outer curtains is probably the last remains of the 5th Marquis’s bed of 1688.

New Projects

The workshop is geared up to working on tapestry for much of the coming year, as a long standing project on four large Gobelin tapestries depicting the Story of Jason, heads towards an end with work on the fourth of the set. Alongside this a start is being made to put more of the tapestry collection in Burghley House into a displayable condition to replace some of the paintings in the Great Hall. There are also some smaller items belonging to private people that are going through the process.

  • The last of the Jason set being surface cleaned, before being washed,. One of the Boys in the Trees during preparation for work
  • Above is part of an altar frontal recently completed to replace loose gold work and to the right is an example of Chinese embroidery done for export probably late 18th or early 19th century, before the start of conservation.
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