Conservation and Restoration

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Mr T.P.C. (Tonny) Beentjes


  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Conservering en Restauratie
  • Visiting address
    Conservering en restauratie erfgoed
    Johannes Vermeerplein 1  Amsterdam
  • Postal address:
    Johannes Vermeerplein  1
    1071 DV  Amsterdam
  • T.P.C.Beentjes@uva.nl
    T: 0205256354
    T: 0205251879

Bio

Education

Metals conservation programme at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten Antwerp, Belgium, 1992-1995, with distinction

MTS course in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Gemmology & Jewellery at the Vakschool Schoonhoven in Schoonhoven, Netherlands, 1987-1992

Interests & Research

Tonny Beentjes, programme leader Metal conservation, specialises in the conservation of historic metal objects. Main research interest focuses on historical manufacturing techniques of post medieval metal objects with particular attention to contemporary tools and written sources. Currently conducting PhD research into the casting technology of Rodin bronzes.

Affiliations

ICOM

Restauratoren Nederland

Antique Metalware Society

Awards

Samuel H. Kress Paired Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., co-grantee Pamela H. Smith, Professor of History, Columbia University, New York, 2007-08

Fellow Gemmological Association of Great Britain , Fellow, 1990-1996

Professional record

Jan. 2007 - present   

Head of Metal Conservation Programme at the University of  Amsterdam (UvA).

Sept. 2006 - 2009   

Head of Metal Conservation Programme Netherlands Institute for Cultural Heritage (ICN).

Sept. 1996 - 2006   

Head of Conservation/Restoration of Fine Metalwork programme, West Dean College, England.

 

 

Publications

 

 2013

Sixteenth Century Life-casting Techniques, a reconstruction , in The Renaissance Workshop: The Materials and Techniques of Renaissance Art,  Archetype Publications in association with the British Museum London. (forthcoming) with co-author Pamela H. Smith 

 An innovative treatment of a severely damaged bronze, the Thinker by Rodin, Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks (LACONA IX) British Museum London ( forthcoming) with co-author Rozemarijn Van der Molen. 

Davidowitz, T., van der Molen, R., Beentjes, T., Recreating Patina: The Filling and Retouching of Rodin's The Thinker , SRAL Conference. (forthcoming) 

 2012

Davidowitz, T., Tonny Beentjes, Joosje van Bennekom and Sara Creange, Identifying 16th-century paints on silver using a contemporary manuscript, In  The Artist's Process: Technology and Interpretation, Sigrid Eyb Green, Joyce H. Townsend (eds) Archetype Books London , p.72-78.

 2011

De restauratie van Rodins Denker. In De Denker, exhibition catalogue, Laren, p.50-65 with  co-authors Rozemarijn van der Molen & Arjan de Koomen.

 2010       

Smith, Pamela H., & Tonny Beentjes,  Nature and Art, Making and Knowing: Reconstructing Sixteenth Century Life Casting Techniques ,    Renaissance Quarterly, spring issue 63, pp.128-179.  

'The Treatment of the Damaged Bronze of Rodin's   the Thinker   from the Singer Museum in Laren, the Netherlands: an Innovative Approach.' , in METAL 2010, Proceedings of the Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Metal Working Group, Charleston, South Carolina 2010, ed. P. Mardikian, C. Chemello, C. Watters & P. Hull, Clemson University, p. 269-277 with   co-authors  Tamar Davidowitz & Rozemarijn  van Molen. 

Van der Molen, Rozemarijn, Ineke Joosten, Tonny Beentjes, & Luc Megens, Dry ice blasting  for the conservation cleaning of metals. in METAL 2010, Proceedings of the Interim Meeting  of theICOM-CC Metal Working Group, Charleston, South Carolina 2010, ed. P. Mardikian, C. Chemello, C. Watters &P. Hull, Clemson University, p. 269-277.

 2009      

"Moyen  de faire le gect pour petite lezardes" (hoe  men kleine hagedissen giet). Een reconstructie aan de hand van een zestiende-eeuws manuscript, De  Stavelij, jaarboek 2009, pp.15-18. 

 2007        

An introduction into silver plating in eighteenth century Europe ,  Preprints Metal 07 ICOM-CC Meeting, Amsterdam

 2005  

French Plating , Journal of the Antique Metalware Society , Vol. 13,  June 2005, pp. 10-16. with co-author Mark Erdmann 

2000  

All metalwork related entries in Materials &  Techniques in the  Decorative Arts , Lucy Trench (editor), London : John Murray, 2000.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lectures & workshops

  March 2012  

presentation: Gieten naar het leven:  reconstructie van een bijzondere 16de eeuwse techniek . Tripartite lecture Ateliergebouw Amsterdam

  Nov.     2011

organised Masterclass technical art history (RMA, UvA, RCE) 'Historical silver plating, art history, technology, science and conservation' 

  Oct.       2011

presentation: Sixteenth-century life-casting techniques, a reconstruction.  OSK sectiedag Amersfoort

  Sept.     2011

Presenting paper: An innovative treatment of a severely damaged bronze, the Thinker by Rodin .   Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks (LACONA IX) British Museum London

 May       2011

presentation: Covering the treatment of The Thinker: new techniques and insights in Rodin's bronze casts , Symposium restoring the Thinker, Singer Museum Laren

March   2011

presentation: De restauratie van de beschadigde bronzen Denker van Rodin uit het Singer museum, Laren.   RapidPro, Veldhoven

  Oct      2010

Presenting paper: The Treatment of the Damaged Bronze of Rodin's the Thinker from the Singer Museum in Laren, the Netherlands: an Innovative Approach.   Metal10 ICOM-CC, Charleston.

May     2010

presentation: De gietmodellen uit het archief van Esser .  Colloquium: Ontsluiting, digitalisering en conservering van archieven van zilverateliers en bedrijven. Zilver Museum Sterckshof, Antwerp 

  Sept.  2009 -2010

Restoration of heavily damaged bronze sculpture of the Thinker by Rodin from the Singer Museum Laren , Netherlands .

  April   2008

Teaching one day workshop on 16th century life casting technology at Pomona University, California.

 

  April 2007

One day workshop on the conservation/restoration of the metal components of bows as part of the West Dean College Easter course on the making and  restoration of early musical instruments.

Sept. 2005

Organised a one-day conference for the Antique Metalware Society at West  Dean College .

  Sept. 2003/'04

Co-organiser of the West Dean-ICN-Winterthur Summer School 'Conservator  meets its maker'.

May 2003

Lecturing and giving practical instruction on patination, as part of the British  Antique Furniture Restorers Association study day on metalware in furniture.

Oct. 2002

Organised a one-day conference for the Antique Metalware Society at West Dean College .

March 2002

Lecturing on the conservation of antique metalware for the Antique Metalware  Society in Chipping Norton.

2001  

Lecturing on laser cleaning of arms and armour at conference on the  conservation of arms and armour at the Wallace Collection, London .

2001-2006

Lecturing to professional conservators on art handling and the conservation of  carriages, aeroplanes and architectural metalwork.

1998

Organised a weekend seminar on the conservation of scientific instruments at  West Dean College .

 

  1997

Organised a Metal Conservation Forum at West Dean College .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

  • Beentjes, T. P. C. (2014). The casting of western sculpture during the XIXth century: sand casting versus lost wax casting. Study Days of the SFIIC, 15, 120-129. [details] 
  • Beentjes, T., & Smith, P. H. (2014). Sixteenth-Century Life-casting Techniques: experimental reconstructions based on a preserved manuscript. In D. Saunders, M. Spring, & A. Meek (Eds.), The Renaissance Workshop (pp. 144-151). London: Archtype Publications. [details] 

2013

  • Beentjes, T., & van der Molen, R. (2013). 3D scanning and printing as conversation tools: an innovative treatment of a vandalized bronze statue, The Thinker by Rodin. In D. Saunders, M. Strlic, C. Korenberg, N. Luxford, & K. Birkhölzer (Eds.), Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks IX (pp. 146-153). London: Archetype. [details] 

2012

  • Davidowitz, T., Beentjes, T., van Bennekom, J., & Creange, S. (2012). Identifying 16th-century paints on silver using a contemporary manuscript. In S. Eyb-Green, J. H. Townsend, M. Clarke, J. Nadolny, & S. Kroustallis (Eds.), The artist's process: technology and interpretation: proceedings of the fourth symposium of the Art Technological Source Research Working Group (pp. 72-78). London: Archetype. [details] 

2011

  • Beentjes, T., Davidowitz, T., & van der Molen, R. (2011). The treatment of the damaged bronze of Rodin's the Thinker from the Singer Museum in Laren, the Netherlands: an innovative approach. In P. Mardikian, C. Chemello, C. Watters, & P. Hull (Eds.), Metal 2010: proceedings of the interim meeting of the ICOM-CC Metal Working Group, October 11-15, 2010, Charleston, South Carolina, USA (pp. 269-277). Charleston: Clemson University. [details] 
  • van der Molen, R., Joosten, I., Beentjes, T., & Megens, L. (2011). Dry ice blasting for the conservation cleaning of metals. In P. Mardikian, C. Chemello, C. Watters, & P. Hull (Eds.), Metal 2010: proceedings of the interim meeting of the ICOM-CC Metal Working Group, October 11-15, 2010, Charleston, South Carolina, UA (pp. 96-103). Clemson: Clemson University. [details] 

2010

  • Smith, P. H., & Beentjes, T. (2010). Nature and Art, Making and Knowing: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Life-Casting Techniques. Renaissance Quarterly, 63(1), 128-179. DOI: 10.1086/652535  [details] 

2016

  • Beentjes, T. P. C. (2016). ‘Breaking the mould: A history of sand mould casting in Western Europe based on early written sources’. In Sources on Art Technology: Back to Basics.: ICOM-CC Working Group on Art Technological Source Research (ATSR) 6th International Symposium, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 16-17 June 2014 (pp. 79-87). Archetype.

2011

  • Beentjes, T., van der Molen, R., & de Koomen, A. (2011). De restauratie van Rodins Denker. In L. Tilanus, & M. Tuijn (Eds.), Rodin de denker (pp. 51-65). Bussum: Thoth. [details] 

2009

  • Beentjes, T., & Smith, P. H. (2009). Moyen de faire le gect pour petite lezardes (hoe men kleine hagedissen giet): een reconstructie aan de hand van een zestiende-eeuws manuscript. In De Stavelij: jaarboek 2009 (pp. 15-18). Nijmegen: Nederlandse Zilverclub. [details] 

2016

  • Beentjes, T. P. C. (2016). Casting of Western European Bronze Sculpture in Sand Moulds During the 19th and Early 20th Centuries. 61-67.

Scientific position

  • Beentjes, Tonny (2016): Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Metal Working Group, New Dehli, METAL 2016.

Media appearance

  • Beentjes, Tonny (01-12-2016): Tonny Beentjes : Geen neus van Michael Jackson [Print] Groninger Museum Magazine. Tonny Beentjes : Geen neus van Michael Jackson.
  • Beentjes, Tonny (08-04-2015): Own a T. Rex With 3D Imaging as Venus de Milo Gets Her Arms Back [Web] Bloomberg.com. Own a T. Rex With 3D Imaging as Venus de Milo Gets Her Arms Back.

Talk / presentation

  • Beentjes, Tonny (speaker) (11-12-2016): The Piece-Molding of Bronzes in Sand, Frick Collection New York.
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