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Sir John Soane’s Museum, Pasticcio

Sir John Soanes Museum

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A watercolour of the original Pasticcio used as evidence for the restoration.
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Design model of the unusual acanthus leaves that are found in the Bank of England capitals.
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Design model of the corner volute and central patera, carefully copied from measured drawings and photographs of the original.
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The final stages of carving the capital, with design model and measured drawings as reference.
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'Garland Block' nearly completed in Portland stone, with design model above.
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Distinctive Soanian 'handkerchief domes'. The bottom one looks familiar as the design was used to roof the traditional red phone boxes.
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Core drilling the various sections of the Pasticcio which were post-tensioned for stability after fixing.
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The completed Pasticcio restored.
Description of Project

Sir John Soane’s Museum is a little known gem of architectural history situated in what was once the home of the eponymous architect in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. Most famous as the architect of the original Bank of England, John Soane’s private collection of architectural curios and fragments of ornament are housed in a fascinating and idiosyncratic miniature museum ranged around two internal courtyards, to the rear of the house. The ‘Pasticcio’ is a totem-pole-like assemblage of stylistically diverse architectural fragments some reclaimed, some test-pieces designed by Soane. Erected in the early 19th century, local subsidence led to the original Pasticcio being dismantled and some of its elements being lost. The contract for the restoration involved the recreation of these lost elements and the re-erection of the Pasticcio as a critical visual axis for this unique and important museum.

Sir John Soane’s Museum, Pasticcio

Sir John Soane's Museum, Pasticcio

Category: Stone carving | Restoration

Date: 2004
Material: Portland Stone
Architect: Julian Harrap Architects
Contractor: Fairhaven and Woods

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