Yannick Chastang ACR
45 years old
Spoken languages: French (native)
Yannick Chastang Ltd
Unit 7, The Foundry Business Park
Kent ME13 7FD, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1795 228252
Mob: +44 (0)7739 883630
1989-1995 Ecole Boulle, Paris. FMA graduate (Baccalaureate, French level IV) and DMA graduate (French level III or Baccalaureate + 2 years)
1996 University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI, Xylology Fondamentale, university diploma, obtained in 1997 with high distinctions.
1996 Ecole du Louvre, Paris (evening classes).
1995-1997 Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.
1997-2003 Wallace Collection, London.
2003- Self employed, Yannick Chastang Ltd.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCES
Yannick Chastang studied for six years at the Ecole Boulle in Paris.
Following graduation Yannick Chastang gained work experience in manufacture and conservation workshops in France and in the United States and pursued several courses at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Ecole du Louvre and Ecole Nissim de Camondo in Paris.
In 1995 he took up a two-year post as a junior conservator at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.
From 1997 to 2003 Yannick Chastang was Furniture Conservator at the Wallace Collection, London. Highlights of his career there include his project to conserve a drop-front secretaire by Jean-François Leleu for the Prince de Condé being voted runner up at the Pilgrim Trust’s 2002 National Conservation Awards. In 2001, Yannick Chastang helped curate a marquetry exhibition Paintings in Wood: French Marquetry Furnitureand wrote the accompanying book.
YANNICK CHASTANG CONSERVATION
In order to preserve the confidentiality of the client’s projects and collections, the list below is not the full list of executed projects.
In 2003 Yannick Chastang left the Wallace Collection to open his own conservation studio specialising in the conservation and making of fine marquetry furniture. His client list includes the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, the Duke of Wellington and many more owners of British stately homes. In 2008 he conserved a Boulle coffer on stand for the Lewis Walpole Library (Yale University) in Farmington, Connecticut. The study and conservation of this coffer on stand was made possible by a museum conservation grant from the Getty Foundation and, prior to conservation, the coffer on stand and Yannick Chastang spent three weeks at the furniture conservation laboratory at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for an in-depth analytical study and comparison with the Getty‘s collection of Boulle furniture. In 2010 he conserved several pieces of furniture for Chatsworth, the principal seat of Duke of Devonshire and, in the same year, the two rare and unique pietre dure cabinets on stand, made by Domenico Cucci in 1686 for Louis XIV’s Versailles, and which are now in the collection of the Duke of Northumberland.
Yannick Chastang currently works on two major pieces of furniture from the Buccleuch’s collection and an important lacquer cabinet from Waddesdon Manor, National Trust.
Yannick Chastang also advises private collectors about buying and restoring antique furniture. He has been vetting the furniture at The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) of Maastricht for 15 years, including two years as the head of furniture vetting group. In 2015, he wrote the new TEFAF vetting guidelines for the furniture group. He was vetting at Masterpiece in London for 5 years before resigning.
Yannick Chastang has been regularly called as an external adviser to the Louvre Museum in Paris, the National Trust in England and the Bayerische Museum in Munich, the Parliament House in Helsinki, Finland.
YANNICK CHASTANG DESIGN
Yannick Chastang Design also makes fine copies of antique furniture. Thanks to many years spent conserving the finest antique furniture, our copies are carefully crafted to faithfully reproduce the design and proportions of all aspects of an antique piece, including the gilt bronzes. In January 2013, he completed a copy of the Bureau du Roi, started by Francois Linke 70 years earlier, and on which Yannick and his staff spent 6,700 hours making and finishing the superlative gilt bronzes.
Paintings in Wood French Marquetry Furniture
Published by the Wallace Collection to accompany the exhibition Paintings in Wood held at the Wallace Collection from 4 October to 31 December 2001.
A Cultural History of Furniture, 6 volumes.
To be published in June 2019 by Bloomburry Academic
Co-author on volume 4: A cultural History of furniture in the Age of Enlightenment (1700-1800). Chapter 2: Maker, Making and Materials (c.12,000 words)
Jean-Paul Getty Museum Rococo furniture catalogue, 2019.
Vom Farben des Holzes
Holzbeizen von der Antike bis in die Gegenwart
Contributing author: Maintaining the Colour: 18thcentury marquetry discolouration and historical furniture finishes in France.
ARTICLES ON FURNITURE HISTORY
Louis Tessier's Livre de principes de fleurs and the eighteenth-century marqueteur
Furniture History, Vol. XLIII (2007), pp. 115-126
Fit for a Queen (Secretaire by Jean-Henri Riesener for Marie-Antoinette at Versailles)
Co-written article with Eleanor Tollfree published in Apollo, October 2004
ARTICLES ON FURNITURE CONSERVATION
Serrage sous vide partiel des placages, une alternative aux techniques traditionnelles
Postprint of the international conference organised by APROA –BRK, Brussel, November 2001
The Study and conservation of a coffer on stand attributed to André-Charles Boulle
Postprint of the international conference organised by the Bayerisches National Museum, Munich, May 2011.
The conservation of two pietre dure and gilt-bronze-mounted cabinets made by Domenico Cucci for Louis XIV
Postprint of the 2012 international congress “the Decorative, Conservation and the Applied Arts”, Vienna, published by Maney Publishing and IIC
ARTICLES ON FURNITURE MAKING
Marquetry Techniques in Paris during the second half of the 18th century
Postprint of the 2nd Scandinavian Symposium on Furniture Technology and Design, Marquetry Past and Present, Linkopings Universitet, Vadstena, Sweden May 2007.
Regular contributor to Furniture and Cabinet Makingmagazine, with about 15 articles published to date, including:
Furniture and cabinet making magazine, issues 130, 131 and 132, June, July and August 2007.
Ripple Moulding for the 21stCentury
Furniture and cabinet making magazine, issue 187
In the Workshop with Yannick Chastang, Real French Polish
Furniture and cabinet making magazine, issue 188,
Is wax the only finish you need
Furniture and cabinet making magazine, issue 189, February 2012
Furniture and cabinet making magazine, issue 192, May 2012
La Majesté du Bureau du Roi
Furniture and cabinet making magazine, issue 200, December 2012
The King’s Desk, 75 years in the making
Furniture and cabinet making magazine, issue 201, January 2013
The Marquetry Donkey
Furniture and cabinet making magazine, issue 235, September 2015
Historical Furniture Finishes – The Wax Polissoir.
Furniture and cabinet making magazine, issue 246, July 2016
Tradition, Craftsmanship, Perfection, traditional veneer.
Furniture and cabinet making magazine, issue 261, August 2017
LECTURES AND TEACHING
Furniture History Society
West Dean College
British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA)
United Kingdom Institute of Conservation (UKIC)
American Institute of Conservation (AIC)
National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS)
Institut National du Patrimoine (INP)
International Marquetry Symposium, Revel, France
International Marquetry Symposium, Sweden
International institute for Conservation (IIC), international congress in Vienna, Austria
Few are able to give practical as well as academic advice, but one person, Yannick Chastang of Yannick Chastang Conservation Ltd, stands out as being a leading exponent of both. Yannick has always been ready, indeed eager, to rush to a book in his own library, to dig deep into often impenetrable websites and to always come up with an answer. His advice on the practical side of all aspects of making furniture as well as the highly complex techniques of making gilt-bronzes furniture mounts is, and continues to be, invaluable.
Acknowledgements, page 11. Paris Furniture, the luxury market of the 19th century. By Christopher Payne, published by Editions Monelle Hayot, 2018.
Christopher PayneExpert / Author
A huge and heartfelt thank you to you and your team for your painstaking work on the Boulle clock - it looks beautiful. We are so grateful for you dedication and professionalism, it was a pleasure to work with you.
With very best wishes,
Frances and the project team at Knole.