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federal court of Australia tapestries


ICS was commissioned by the Federal Law Court of Australia to treat two large tapestries hanging in the Federal Law Courts in Sydney. One depicts 'The Trial' by Sidney Nolan, whilst the other is a depiction of the Australian Coat of Arms made by tapestry weaver Margaret Grafton. Both tapestries had accumulated a considerable layer of dust and dirt as a result of being on extended display. The tapestries were both cleaned: 'The Trial' was brush-vacuumed only due to the sensitive nature of the dyes, however the Coat of Arms was able to be brush-vacuumed and washed.      


  • Brush vacuum
  • Aqueous wash
  • Re-lining
  • Provide advice for re-hanging
  • Re-hanging of tapestries in situ


Federal Law Court of Australia


Textiles Conservation


Read about the work we did on 'The Trial' in our Sustaining your Heritage blog.





Coat of Arms tapestry in situ

Coat of Arms tapestry before treatment

The Trial tapestry before treatment

'The Trial' before treatment

Preparing to remove the tapestry from display

Preparing the tapestry for de-installation

The Trial tapestry after treatment

'The Trial' after treatment

International Conservation Services is Australia’s largest private fine art conservation business.  Our main office and conservation workshops are located in Sydney, we have staff in Canberra and Melbourne, and we are able to work on site throughout Australia.  We provide a full range of art restoration services, including antique restoration, paintings restoration, sculpture conservation, archaeological conservation, furniture restoration, conservation of works of art on paper, textiles and objects conservation.  We work on architectural finishes and built elements in heritage buildings, structures, monuments and war memorials.  We provide condition assessments, and carry out hands-on conservation and restoration work.  We consult on issues of collection management, preventive conservation and museum planning, and have particular expertise in the management of environmental conditions in buildings housing collections.  Our associated business, Smarttrack RFID, provides a range of asset and visitor tracking solutions for museums, art galleries, libraries and archives.