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Replacing Missing Ornaments on Period Picture Frames

Most frames, we regard as “old” were crafted by hand. Ornaments, made of “Compo” ( Gesso* with a dow like consistency), are adhered onto a wooden profile and then finished off with a water or oil gilding technique. Over time, through changes in humidity and […]

Gold and Silver Leafing

For more then 7000 years, mankind decorated all sorts of surfaces and items that presented an idealistic value with fine layers of gold. For this purpose gold dust or gold leaf was used. Vassari (1511 – 1574) writes that a gold coin, 1 Dukaten, was […]

Not all the glitters is made of Gold.
The advent of the gold bronze paint.

Gilding in its traditional sense means covering a surface with sheets of Gold Leaf. Broadly one differentiates between oil and water gilding techniques. This was a craft and skill that had to be acquired through rigorous training. After three years of a guilder’s apprenticeship one […]

Custom Design and Manufacture of a Period Picture Frame

Some times a slightly unusual approach has to be taken to achieve the desired results. A picture frame in its traditional sense is a wooden moulding, machined, carved or stuccoed, mitred  joined, primed, leafed or painted and then put around a painting. The right choice of […]