Proposal for the Pre-Restoration Documentation Work and Repair of the Chandeliers and Wall Lights of Istanbul University Rectorate Central Building

Ozsait-Kocabas I., Emre G.

ART-SANAT, vol.13, pp.335-360, 2020 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.26650/artsanat.2020.13.0014
  • Journal Name: ART-SANAT
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.335-360
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


This study focuses on the documentation and repair of the chandeliers and wall lights that were dismounted and protected in closed storage areas at the garden of University Rectorate during the restoration work of the Rectorate Central Building. The investigation to determine the required processes for the repair of these light fixtures was conducted by the Department of Conservation and Restoration of Artefacts, Faculty of Letters, Istanbul University. In the initial part of the study, 564 pieces of light fixtures were separately documented and reported, detailing the types, number, nature and value as historical artifacts, possible damages, repair and mounting of the stored light fixtures. Additionally, in order to facilitate the mounting-related works, the locations of these fixtures were marked on the building's floor plan, and their inventory numbers were recorded. Following the works that were carried out between April 29, 2015 and May 27, 2015, 161 boxes in which light fixtures had been packed were delivered to the related department. These historical artifacts were hung in their original places after they had been repaired. The required controls were conducted under the supervision of our Department and Rectorate staff. This study provides a summary of this comprehensive work.