A New Mystery to Solve….

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of returning to the Colonial Williamsburg Paintings Conservation Lab with my research advisor to pick up a few more historic art samples for analysis.  However, this time instead of analyzing samples from 18th century oil paintings, we were given some samples from a 19th century painted dining room referred to as the “Carolina Room.”  This room was painted in the 1830s for a plantation owner in North Carolina and includes some very unique and interesting details, the most notable being the intricate “Vue of New York” scene painted above the mantle as well as painting techniques designed to simulate more expensive woods, marble, and wallpaper around the room.  (For more details check out this link: http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/summer08/carolina.cfm)

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