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Japanese Screen Restoration

November 3, 2023 | Preservation Projects

Japanese Screen Restoration Project

Cherry Blossoms, a byōbu, or Japanese folding screen, has hung in the Liljestrand dining room since 1978, exactly where Vladimir Ossipoff specified. It is in urgent need of restoration and remounting due to bug damage, sun damage, and poorly completed repairs from long ago. The dining room would not be the same without the screen, and we plan to send it to a specialist in Japanese screen restoration. Also in grave need of repair is the byōbu, Procession, which was one of the original pieces of art that Ossipoff approved for purchase and placement in the house in the 1950s. It first hung in the dining room but was moved with Ossipoff’s approval to the library in 1978 to make way for Cherry Blossoms. Both screens were painted 300 to 400 years ago during the Edo Period.

Richard Kennedy and Steven Prieto, longtime Friends of Liljestrand, have generously pledged to match the first $5,000 in donations that are made to support the screen restoration project. We are now asking for your help to raise the remaining $45,000 by December 31 of this year so that we can complete these critical repairs. These funds will cover the costs of uninstalling, packing, shipping, restoration, and remounting for both screens.


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