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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 […]