Antique Frame Restoration

Framemakers and Restorers Brian Gordy and Carl Schafer have the knowledge and experience to replace missing ornaments, repair surface loss, reinforce structural weakness, and even resize antique frames. We are skilled at blending repairs into the existing surface coloration and patina to keep the integrity of the aging that has accrued during the frame’s lifetime.

The above is a photo documentation of the restoration of the Louis XV style frame for the Jean-Francois Raffaelli oil painting entitled Champs Elysees (permanent collection of the David Owsley Museum of Art). Outside dimension 46.5 in. x 39 in. x 6 in. face width. We replaced missing materials in corner ornaments and outer cove using free-hand techniques, which were then modeled and carved to match the existing ornament. The repaired ornaments were then cast to replace missing sections. These areas were then sanded, gessoed, boled, and water gilded with 23.75K gold. The gold was then toned to match the naturally aged patina of the original surfaces.

The above is a photo documentation of the restoration of the frame for the Alfred Weirusz-Kowalski oil painting entitled Arab Cavalry (permanent collection of the David Owsley Museum of Art). Outside dimension 56 in. x 43 in. x 7 in. face width. All detached surface areas (that were retrievable) were re-adhered and stabilized. We then repaired the most intact corner of the frame and cast it to replace and/or repair the other three corners and inner elements. These areas were then sanded, gessoed, primed, and oil gilded with 22K gold. The gold was then toned to match the naturally aged patina of the original surfaces.