Conservators Jessica Walthew and Jakki Godfrey discuss their approach to cleaning and enlivening the gilt-metal features of Cooper Hewitt's surtout de table.
surtout de table
On view for the first time in 30 years, Cooper Hewitt’s surtout de table was recently conserved.
Jakki Godfrey, a contract objects conservator, uses a special solution to remove dirt, grime, and copper corrosion from 210-year-old pillars from the Pierr-Philippe Thomire surtout de table, which is on view for the first time in 30 years.
From Cooper Hewitt's collection handbook, Making Design, the history of the surtout de table.