SOLD! Install Continues

The installation of the display cases and the design of the exhibition gallery for SOLD! continues apace.  It’s certainly taking shape now and looking much more like an exhibition now that the museum display cases are being put into position. Here’s the ’19th century antique dealing’ side of the exhibition space, with the cases ready for the objects coming from the V&A Museum, Tower Armouries, and the British Museum.

Display cases for SOLD!

There’s still an awful lot of work to do of course, but most of the painting has been completed and we are assembling and installing the security cases – you can get a real sense of how the objects will look once they are all safely ensconced in their respective cases – the consensus is that it’s looking good!

The ’20th century antique dealing’ side of the exhibition space (see below) will have some fabulous objects – including the ‘poster boy’ for the SOLD! exhibition, the ‘H.C. Baxter & Sons’ ‘Antico Bronze’ on loan from the V&A Museum – and thanks to Gary Baxter, the grandson of Horace Baxter, who sold ‘Antico’ to the V&A Museum in 1960, we now have a fabulous photograph of Horace Baxter in 1960, holding ‘Antico’ – you’ll be able to see the photo alongside ‘Antico’ in the exhibition.

SOLD! install – 20th century antique dealing side of exhibition space.

George and the exhibitions team are still working like Trojans to get SOLD! finished on time – we had extra help today when Darren (Bowes Museum IT specialist) stopped by to help out – here’s Darren, with Vin, pondering where to put the display case for the ‘ancient suit of armour’ that’s coming from The Tower Armouries in London.

Darren and Vin, installing exhibition cases for SOLD!

And of course there’s tons of admin and emails to deal with as the process of object loans from our generous museum lenders comes to completion – the exhibitions team ‘office’ in on-site of course…right in the centre of the action – here’s Catherine, in the exhibitions team ‘hub’; she’s finished scraping the masking tape off the floor in the exhibition space and is now dealing with the hundreds of emails that SOLD! seems to generate!

Catherine, working hard in the Exhibitions Team ‘Hub’!

More updates on the progress of SOLD! soon…the 1850 ‘Curiosity Shop’ is being constructed on Thursday!

Mark

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