Sunday, January 24, 2021
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Back in the day, when you went to a picture framer they didn't always just cut and join pre-finished moldings. I really like the frames that truly were "custom" where the framer started with wood and created a surface treatment.
|As purchased. Bottom and left rails with no finish remaining, deterioration on remander.|
I purchased this painting a few years back. The frame's finish had suffered greatly. Two legs of the frame were down to bare wood. Possibly it had gotten damp and the gesso deteriorated, or perhaps someone started trying to (misguidedly) return the frame to "natural wood" and gave up.
After a cleanup, new gesso was applied. A painted finish was built up with applications of various colors, along with some gentle distressing, to wind up with an "interesting grey".
|Building the paint layers|
There is no finish or additional work over the paint. When the painting is sent out for cleaning and re-varnishing I may need to adjust the frame color. Finishing will take place at that time.
|Finished (sort of)|
Monday, January 11, 2021
|Finished. Approximately 13" high.|
|In its original state|
Sunday, December 13, 2020
Well, we've come to the end of the year. And what a year.
I've been away from this blog for various reasons (none of them good).
In addition to the pandemic, we sold the house in Maine, and my partner of 40-plus years passed away in November after a long decline.
Now that things are settling out, I will be posting again, trying to get caught up with what has gone on through 2020 and keeping up with 2021.
I hope 2021 will be better for all of us!
Monday, May 11, 2020
Saturday, April 18, 2020
This over-mantel mirror is in sorry condition. Probably English, 18th century, as soon as I saw it I knew the mirror was replaced (if the mirror was period). Mirrors of this type would not have a single panel of mirror plate; the custom was for three panels, usually with slightly beveled edges, and no wooden dividers between them. This is usually attributed to taxation on large panes of glass or mirror; probably just as likely to the logistics and expense of getting a single large piece.
|Arrival in my elegantly appointed workshop|
|Museum accession label|
The nails holding the panels were modern wire nails, as would be expected with replaced mirror plate. And, as was common with framers years back, cardboard was used between the mirror and dust panels.
|Cardboard a sign that this mirror has been worked on since the 18th century|
|Maybe the workshop was in the theater district?|
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
|Mirror as found|
|Missing section and new casting|
|Casting fitted into position|