OFF TO THE CLEAN­ERS

Somerset Life - - THE INSIDER’S GUIDE -

The old­est ta­pes­try be­long­ing to the Na­tional

Trust, which nor­mally hangs in the din­ing room of Mon­ta­cute House, is be­ing sent over­seas to be cleaned. Dat­ing from the late 15th cen­tury, the mille­fleurs ta­pes­try was com­mis­sioned by the towns­peo­ple of Tour­nai in 1477 as a gift to the gov­er­nor of the Dauphine. Do­na­tions and le­gacy be­quests raised the funds to send it to De Wit in Bel­gium, the world leader in tex­tile con­ser­va­tion, for a spe­cial­ist clean which is likely to take two years.

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