Yannick Chastang will be giving a Brown Bag Lunch presentation on Monday, September 8, 2014, from 12 to 1:30pm. His talk is entitled “Conserving Royal Treasures: Secrets of the Workshop.”

Conservation presents an opportunity for intimate examination of our historical artifacts. In his talk at the BGC, Yannick Chastang will discuss discoveries made during the conservation of several objects made for the French royal court. These discoveries have resulted in a better understanding of original materials and techniques and have advanced our knowledge of how best to care for them.

Yannick Chastang studied cabinetmaking and marquetry for six years at the prestigious École Boulle in Paris. The École Boulle, founded in 1886, specializes in teaching the skills required for manufacture of the decorative arts. The training is intensely practical and included marquetry under the tutelage of Pierre Ramond, engraving for Boulle marquetry and the manufacture of veneered furniture, both reproduction and of contemporary design. Following graduation, Chastang gained work experience in some of the best conservation workshops in France and the United States and pursued several courses at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, École du Louvre, and École Nissim de Camondo in Paris. In 1995, he became a junior conservator for two years at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris. From 1997 to 2003, he was Furniture Conservator at the Wallace Collection, London. Since 2003, he has been the managing director of Yannick Chastang Limited.

Coffee and tea will be served; attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch.

RSVP is required.