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.

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Jul 2013
AUTHOR braydee
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