• 18th Century Italian Gilt Mirror

This elaborately carved and gilded 18th century Italian frame came into the shop missing a section of the foliate carving on the upper right hand side. A quick look at the corresponding leaf on the opposite side of the frame indicates what shape the repaired carving should take. A block of wood is carved roughly to shape and fitted to the broken end of the leaf. Once glued in place with dowels added for strength (the two white dots visible in image 6) final details, such as veins in the leaf are added to complete the carving. This is followed by coats of gesso and bole (clay) in preparation for gilding. Once the gold leaf is applied and burnished, a heavy patina is created to match the old gilt surface using stains and pigments to create a seamless repair