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Statue of St. John with Book and Bird Returns from Conservation
Posted: March 8, 2016

A circa 14th century limestone statue of St. John is back from a trip to Cleveland and the Intermuseum Conservation Association (ICA) for conservation work.

Conservators x-rayed the Gothic sculpture to determine what repairs would be needed, and what had been mended in the past. Old fill material was removed and conservators took great care to replace crumbling materials.

Eleanor and Edsel Ford purchased St. John with Book and Bird in 1929, and it is said to be of French 14th century origin. The location of this work is in the Main Hall at Ford House near the entrance of the Library, a location verified through historical documentation.

Care of the collections is always ongoing at Ford House, says Mark Heppner, Vice President of Historic Resources.

“Maintaining a home full of beautiful, and very old, objects requires much expertise and dedication,” he said. “We are pleased to have this statue back at Ford House, where it has been on display for decades.”

See the statue on a general house tour at Ford House, offered Tuesdays through Sundays. Click here for more information.

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