How you can help to restore a Norfolk masterpiece
15:27 04 December 2014
People are being asked to help restore one of Norfolk’s masterpieces to its former glory and support a crowdfunding art campaign.
Painted at Oxnead Hall in the 17th century, The Paston Treasure depicts treasures collected by the famous Paston family. These objects are now dispersed around the world but the painting has remained in Norfolk and is one of the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery’s rarest and most famous paintings.
In 2018 a major exhibition is planned, in partnership with Yale Center for British Art in America, to reunite the artwork and the treasures for the first time in more than 350 years.
Now Norfolk Museums Services is hoping to raise £14,500 via the Art Fund’s Art Happens website and the money will pay for the painting’s ornately-carved frame to be re-gilded. This follows a fundraising drive that covered the cost of conserving and cleaning the painting.
Paul Smyth, chairman of the Communities Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “As the Paston Treasure painting is a much-loved masterpiece and an intrinsic part of Norfolk’s heritage, we hope this restoration project will attract lots of support ahead of the major exhibition.”
John Ward, Norfolk Joint Museums Committee chairman, said: “The public, in supporting our crowdfunding campaign, will be able to feel a sense of ownership of this magnificent mid 1670s masterpiece depicting world wide objects showing the wealth and learning of Sir Robert Paston; and visit the Castle Museum to see the result of their donations in the restored, gilded frame.”
People who donate will receive thank you gifts that range from a special postcard to a day behind-the-scenes at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. The campaign starts on Monday and runs until March 31.
• Visit http://artfund.org/arthappens-norwich from Monday.