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Gold is hidden deep in the mountain and mud is in the way.

The restoration of gilded wood

Each object has its story. A fine observation makes it possible to detect the style and the strata of its possible modifications in order to intervene while respecting on the one hand the authenticity and on the other hand the techniques with which the object was designed.

Thus, at first, a delicate cleaning is carried out which does not damage the object and which makes it possible not to deteriorate its initial state.

Then comes the treatment, the consolidations, the repairs and the filling of the moldings with coarse white (Pâton composed of white Meudon and rabbit skin glue).

If the object is in carved wood, it is sometimes necessary to reconstitute the sculpture of the molding.

After having placed the plate, passed the dog and placed the gold, we create a patina that we choose according to the object in order to find harmony with the initial state of the object.

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The frames, the mirrors gilded in fine gold tempera, are covered with several layers of Meudon white mixed with rabbit skin glue that resemble plaster. In order to obtain a perfectly smooth surface, and in order to give the gold all its shine, care must be taken in all the stages: Degrease the surfaces, glue, prime with Meudon white, sand, soften, repair, apply the 'plate, pass the dog, swell, put the gold leaf, ramander, brown, check.

Gold is a noble metal. It does not oxidize and its appearance remains unchanged for decades or even centuries. We can play on the matt and the burnished to create contrasts.

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Tools and materials

Specific to the restoration of gilded wood, the tools are carefully chosen.

Burnishers, pressing, wet, dog, plate brushes, brushes, knives, palette, gilding cushion as well as the repair irons which are used to sculpt the white to inscribe patterns

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The materials used are suitable for restorations and repairs.

Glue from rabbit skin in flakes, granules or bars is the basis of any composition, it allows to lend the layers to each other.

The plate, a compact red clay, receives the gold leaf. For the silver leaf the plate is black.

The gold leaf is kept in small notebooks of 25 leaves.

The patina is based on Judean bitumen, rotten earth or watercolor

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The development of the quote

For each object, a summary of the initial state is carefully established before evaluating the possibilities of interventions. Depending on the object, small retouching will be carried out to define the restoration choices. One or more intervention proposals follows. The customer is informed of the stages of the restoration and receives photos of the various stages.

Frame 45x75cm

Golden leaf

Period XIX Louis XV style

Napoleon III mirror

Golden leaf

Period XIX

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Glazing mirror 102x82 cm

Golden leaf

Louis XIX period

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Large Louis Philippe mirror

Mirror in good general condition, after having

redoré  the degraded parts and done  a patina, here it is ready to be delivered

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Or & D Cor Former Gunpowder Factory, Rue Auguste Fabre 13250 Saint-Chamas

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Large Louis Philippe mirror

Mirror in good general condition, after having

redoré  the degraded parts and done  a patina, here it is ready to be delivered

mercury mirror


Golden leaf

19th century

Louis-Philippe style

Or & D Cor

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