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The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin with the continued support of The Sumitomo Foundation in Tokyo, have now commissioned Restorient to conserve three more of their most treasured Japanese paintings. Dating from the early 17th century this set of hand scrolls chart the epic tale of "Hunting the Ogres" It will be possible to follow the conservation of these magnificent hand scrolls here on this blog. We at Restorient are delighted to have the opportunity to share this remarkable project, and to offer some insights into this type of specialist conservation.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

See the Story....

The finished hand scrolls were collected from the Restorient Studio and returned to Dublin at the end of April and are now on display in the the galleries of the Chester Beatty Library. There's plenty of time to visit the exhibition as it runs through until the 5th August.  As well as featuring two fabulous seven meter sections of each scroll, there are panels detailing different aspects of the conservation work to illustrate just some of the many processes involved .   

To compliment the exhibition the Library is running a series of events ranging from classes in origami, films, Japanese paper workshops, and even a workshop on making Japanese screens. The full events listing can be found on the Library website  http://www.cbl.ie  As part of this programme Restorient gave a public talk "The Story behind the Tale" on Friday 11th May and this will be repeated again on 27th July.


It has been an amazing experience to conserve " The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter " and it is especially satisfying to see the paintings so beautifully displayed and now in good condition for future generations to enjoy.

Followers of this blog should be aware this is not the end !!!!  We will be posting news of a fascinating new project in the near future.......


  1. Dear Andrew and Sydney,
    Congratulation on the achievment of the restoration of those beautifull scrolls ! It has been a real pleasure to follow the different steps through your blog and I am looking forward reading on your new project.
    I hope you are both fine,

  2. I've very much enjoyed following your work. I only wish I could make it
    over to Dublin to see them in person. I'll keep my eyes peeled for the next
    M. Allender


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