In 2014, the Malabar Farm Foundation began funding a restoration and preservation project for Louis Bromfield’s extensive art collection in the Big House at Malabar Farm. Over 100 pieces of artwork have been identified as needing some level of restoration work, including oil paintings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, and documents. To date, 43 oil paintings, 3 watercolor paintings, and a series of French still-life prints have been restored by the Inter-museum Conservation Association (ica) in Cleveland. More than $90,000 has been contributed by the Foundation toward this effort, and work continues, with more than 50 pieces on paper (paintings, ink drawings, prints, documents etc.) still in need of attention.
When the art restoration project is completed the Foundation hopes to turn its attention to the preservation of original Bromfield family textiles displayed in the Big House, especially the several bedspreads in Mary Bromfield’s Bedroom, the Black Guest Room, and the Honeymoon Room.
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