Picture Frame Restoration & Gilding
Whether a frame is aged, tarnished, or damaged, careful frame restoration will provide the necessary structural support your artwork needs, and will complement it well aesthetically.
Over time, frames can become worn and cracks in the gesso and compo may appear. This instability consequently causes the frame and artwork to risk further damage as the integrity is compromised
Many antique frames have complex ornate surfaces which harbour dust, and other surface contaminants such as soot from open fires and candles. These can be removed by surface cleaning and the appearance of the frame considerably improved.
Cracks can be repaired by filling and stabilising. The filled areas can be matched and patinated to complement the natural age of the frame.
Decorative areas that have been broken or lost can be re-moulded or carved with specialised materials including gesso, wood and coloured clay.
Lost or damaged areas of gold leaf can be regilded in the studio using 23.5 carat leaf, which is then aged and patinated to match the surrounding frame.
Replacement of inappropriate materials
Old picture frames often contain backing and mount boards that have a high level of acid. This acid transfers from the boards to the artwork causing it to discolour and degrade. The materials can be safely removed in the studio and replaced with acid free conservation grade boards that protect the artwork and prevent any further damage.
Broken and missing glass can be replaced with UV glass, Tru Vue Museum Glass ®, or for historical integrity traditional crown glass can be provided.