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Conservator Emma Telford with a restored chair and its part finished pair.
Seat of Power - The First Duke of Marlborough’s campaign chairs, upon which he sat to plot the downfall of the French King Louis XIV, are returning to Blenheim Palace following an 18-month restoration.
The chairs would have been carted across Europe as part of the Duke’s baggage train to allow him a comfortable seat in which to plan his stunningly successful campaign against the mighty French monarch.
Textile conservator Emma Telford, who is based in Herefordshire, had to turn detective to re-discover the ornate 18th century chairs’ original decoration and recruit a team of embroiders to help bring them back to life.
In total Emma and her volunteer helpers used a staggering 10,000 metres of French silk to re-embroider the chairs with the original designs.