Biography

James H. Robinson has worked in the field of conservation for over 35 years. His specialties include: Conservation of Fine Furniture, Wooden Sculpture, Decorative Arts, Oriental Art & Furniture. Reconstruction and Restoration of Lacquer, Gilding, Parquetry & Boulle Marquetry for French, German, Italian, English, American Furniture and Decorative Arts of the 16th–18th centuries.

Mr. Robinson began his training as a Museum Furniture & Objects Conservator for the Bavarian National Museum, Munich, Germany cutting Boulle Marquetry, working with silver, brass, pewter, tortoiseshell, horn, bone, ivory and semi-precious stones. He worked eight years for the National Trust, London, England as an Advisor and Conservator of English, French and European Furniture. Also for four years held the title of Keeper of Conservation for Leeds City Art Galleries and The Henry Moore Center for the Study of Sculpture at Aberford Conservation Centre in Yorkshire, England. Before returning to America in 1985 worked for the British Council on the Treasure Houses of Britain exhibition held at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

His clients have included museums, institutions, art dealers, auction houses and many private clients in North America and Europe.

Taliesin Preservation Commission, Spring Green, Wisconsin
(Conservation Team for Frank Lloyd Wright's home and studio)
The Detroit Institute of Arts
The Toledo Museum of Art
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Helen Clay Frick Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA
Alexander & Berendt, LTD., London, England
The National Trust, London, England
British Council, "The Treasure Houses of Britain" exhibition at The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Aberford Conservation Centre, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Paul Levi, Upbrook Studios, London, England
J.H. Hatfields and Sons, London, England
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, Germany
Josef and Edward Bergmeier, Munich, Germany

Mr. Robinson has shared his knowledge through various workshops, lectures
and publications.

“Arts of France” The Importance of Condition in French Furniture
Christie’s, New York, N.Y.

“Housekeeping for Historic Houses”
The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation, Mount Carroll, IL

“Preparation of Collections for Exhibition”
Public Museum of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI

“Care and Maintenance of Collections in the Living Environment”
for staff of Stately Houses

“Continuity of Style and Technique in English and American Furniture”
Lexington Historical Society Public Lecture, Lexington MA

“Clues To Reconstructing The Artist's Aesthetic Intent In European Furniture, Frames. And Gilding Of The 17th-18th Centuries”
Annual Meeting General Session American Institute for Conservation, Nashville, TN

“The Collections at Nostell Priory Before and After the Fire”
Connoisseurs' Seminar, Nostell Priory, England

“Aesthetics and Technology of Furnishings in Country Houses 1690-1770”
Scottish Conservation Council Glasgow, Scotland

“The Application of Xerography in the Examination of Decorative Arts”
Poster Session, The Application of Scientific Examination Techniques to Works of Art
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

Lecture and Hands-on Workshop for Graduate Students
for Dr. Gerdi Maierbacher-Legl, Head of Department for Furniture,
University of Applied Sciences and Arts at Hildesheim (HAWK), Germany