Frame Restoration: Junk Shop Find 1760s Louis XVI Frame

A few process photos from one of our most recent restoration projects, a “junk shop” find 1760s Louis XVI frame.

1760s Louis XVI frame 1

A great example of a hand-carved Louis XVI frame. Probably 1760s.

1760s Louis XVI frame 2

After stripping the paint, Brian chipped away thick gesso and multiple layers of previous restoration attempts to find this gorgeous hand-carved lamb’s-tongue ornament.

1760s Louis XVI frame 3

This is the resurrected frame with 8 coats of yellow burnishing clay (bole) applied. We coat the outer rail, lamb’s-tongue and beads with red bole before gilding.

1760s Louis XVI frame 4

Mid-way through the gilding process.

1760s Louis XVI frame 5

Gilded and burnished… ready to be distressed to replicate almost 250 years of use and abuse.

1760s Louis XVI frame 6

Gilded, distressed, antiqued… with the original carve back from the dead.

11
Jul 2013
AUTHOR braydee
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Framing, News

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Print Exhibit + Photo Exhibit = Artful Feb

David Johnson's Animal Farm

David Johnson’s Animal Farm

Printmaking will headline the gallery show for February in our Annual BSU Print Exhibit. Spearheaded by BSU professors David and Sarojini Johnson, the exhibit always includes a few of their top students, as well as their own. David is known for his multi-colored relief prints that often depict farm animals, crows, or portraits of people in public settings. His wife, Sarojini, typically produces intaglio prints with a decidedly decorative – exotic – flavor. Vines, birds, the moon are often framed in floral vines, textures and twilight colors. “Frog and Lily” depicts a blue frog, beautifully textured, with orange lilies on yellow-green lily pads.

David Johnson works from life. What he sees, people he knows, animals in pens at the fair. The artist determines the focal point in his bold and colorful scenes; crows, people, or pastel-colored pigs in pens. We can’t look away, as the images are so familiar to us, yet take on a dream quality by their isolation, colors, arrangements. The artists sees, and wants us, his viewers, to see, too.  There will be a short talk by the artists at 6 PM about their work and this exhibit, which includes students, Terre Keck and Brandon Beeson.

The Annual BSU Print Exhibit will open in our gallery on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 5 PM.  A new, second exhibit will open our “Small Exhibit Series” with photos by recent BSU grad Amelia Morris. “I like to think of the work as a series of public and private confessions, ” offers Morris, “my post-grad blues.”  There will be talk about this exhibit at 6:30.

Light refreshments will be served. The opening hours are 5 to 8 PM. For more information, call Gordy Fine Art & Framing at (765)284-8422 or email, genny@gordyframing.com

Sarojini Johnson's seductive intaglio prints invite a storyline for the viewer.

Sarojini Johnson’s seductive intaglio prints invite a storyline for the viewer.

02
Feb 2013
AUTHOR cskadmin
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Framing, Gallery, News

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Little Sips of Frames

picture frame design - gold

Gold picture frames. That doesn’t have to mean what you think it means.

Examine as you would a good glass of Scotch…

   ~ Tasting notes: Pitted rust, bacon, and just a hint of smoke.

   ~ Art pairings:  Good with hearty paintings of any style;

             Try it with a bold, modernistic portrait,

             or traditional still life… Delicious!

 

 

 

 

              

 

 

20
Nov 2012
AUTHOR cskadmin
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Framing

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