Dec 8th, 2010 | | Conservation | English Heritage | Palaces | Portfolio | 1 Comment

Eltham Palace

Patrick Baty carried out the paint analysis in the 1930s interiors of Eltham Palace

Eltham Palace is a large house in Eltham, South East London. It is currently owned by English Heritage and open to the public. It has been said that the Art Deco house is a “masterpiece of modern design”.

The original palace was given to Edward II in 1305 by the Bishop of Durham, Anthony Bek, and used as a royal residence from the 14th to the 16th century. Subsequently it fell into ruin.

Patrick Baty carried out the paint analysis at Eltham Palace

In 1933 Sir Stephen and Lady Courtauld acquired the lease of the palace site. They employed architects John Seely (1899–1963) and Paul Edward Paget (1901–1985) and fashionable Mayfair interior designer the Marchese Peter Malacrida (1889–1980) to design a new private house in the Art Deco style to adjoin the existing Palace building, which was extensively restored. The Great Hall boasts the third-largest hammerbeam roof in England.

A short film of the house can be seen here:

I was commissioned to carry out paint analysis on the interior. I was particularly keen to find out whether the dining room ceiling was originally given a layer of silver or aluminium leaf originally (it was the latter).

Patrick Baty carried out the analysis of the painted surfaces in Eltham Palace
The Dining Room

The dramatic Entrance Hall was created by the Swedish designer Rolf Engströmer. Light floods in from a spectacular glazed dome, highlighting blackbean veneer and figurative marquetry

A problem that we were faced with in the Entrance Hall was that the marquetry had darkened with age and the reinstatement of the original paint colours on the plasterwork would have thrown everything off-balance

Another of my projects on a Courtauld residence was at Home House.

I have also worked at the nearby Eltham Lodge.

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Eltham Lodge | Patrick Baty – Historical paint consultant » 04. Feb, 2015

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