Our restoration of a Marian Retable.
the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool, and the once familiar red telephone box.
A new Retable on the opposite transept of the church had been installed in the 1970's; and with all the re-ordering in process; (which advocated " In with the new, and out with the old.")
It was decided that the old Marian Retable should be adjusted to match the new one....(rather than vice versa! )
As restoration work progressed, an old photograph came to light, showing that the Retable had been decorated with figures of angels.
One can just see on the photo above right, evidence of a pencil mark and some holes where the angels had once sat!
We were able to borrow a set of angels from a nearby reredos, (also by Giles Gilbert Scott) and make replicas of these to replace some of the missing originals.
On first glance, it appeared that the pinkish brown on the back of the apses was bare plaster work.
However, this was found to be paint which had been applied to match the stone of the 1970's reredos.
Once removed, it revealed an ornate decorative scheme to the central apse.
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