17th century Frames from the French Revolution


Before restoration

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A pair of frames from the 17th century French Revolution.

What you are seeing (to the right) is a before and after of a corner repair.

Both frames required refitting and corner braces. One needed to be completely  re-gilded,  and both were cracked in numerous places with large chunks missing.

Before and after composite

Before and after composite

The old gilding was cleaned and there is a visible difference as the gold is exposed. All of the damaged areas were reconstructed, filled and blended with a seamless fit . It takes molds and hand carving for these types of repairs.

As you can see, there is no visible distinction between where the frame was restored and original finish.

Here's the final result…

Restoration complete

Restoration complete