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This family heirloom of 3 generations was in need of cleaning and fills on the outer and inner edges from just wear, age and lack of humidity in Arizona. As you can see there is an entire section missing.
Once the old gilded finish is cleaned up the repairs can begin.
After completely rebuilding the area it is re-gilded and toned to match the original gilding, you can't tell the work has even been done. You have an original frame and finish with repairs that don't look like repairs. The owner was ecstatic, she had no idea that it could ever be repaired to that extent.
Here's the final result...